10:30pm Milan, Saturday, October 30
Whew! WHAT a day it’s been! We have been up for 30 hrs straight since leaving Los Angeles. We left early Friday morning for an almost 11 hour flight to Paris, had a six hour layover in Paris, flew to Milan, got the rental car, headed direct to the exhibition center, checked in and then in to Milan to check in to our hotel. 30 hrs and I feel like a zombie and yet I am so exhilirated right now I can hardly contain my excitement.
Being at the exhibition center today was like returning home to a familiar friend. This time, no surprises, nothing new to learn, just a sense of knowing what’s to come, how everything is going to work, what we need to do, how to solve problems that come up and all that comes with having just a little bit of experience with things especially when you’re overseas can make a HUGE difference in how things go for you!
I marvel at all that has happened in the past year and can only imagine what’s to come in the next week, especially as we are presenting for the first time, our men’s line and our new line of Kevlar jeans for men and women. There is no other excitement that I can describe that can compare to how I’m feeling right now. Last year, when walking through the exhibition halls, among almost 1,400 exhibitors from 31 countries and seeing the zillions of dollars that had been spent on their elaborate booth displays, how intimidating it was because we were just a tiny little booth set up like a boutique and now, once again, the same will happen, same number of exhibitors with their zillion dollar booths and us with our little boutique, only this time, no intimidation, we KNOW the European press is coming and we KNOW the public is anxiously awaiting our arrival because they couldn’t believe their eyes last year when they saw what we presented and I’m tickled beyond belief tonight as I think about what we’re about to present to them because if they thought last year was something, they have no idea what’s about to hit them this time!
It’s an extraordinary feeling to be part of what’s going on behind the scenes in all this and toKNOW what’s going to be presented at this show in a couple of days. I sit here typing in my Milan hotel room, more exhausted than I can remember and yet, with the biggest smile on my face because I KNOW what’s about to happen and there is nothing more satisfying than that. It’s the culmination of so much hard work and time and effort and determination, all at a time where you have to be completely out of your mind to be taking so much risk in life and yet, with all that, I know with every fiber of my being that THIS is what it’s all about and that the reward for all of this work is about to be realized! What a GREAT year it’s been!
Milan… get ready… WE ARE HERE and will see you in a couple of days!!!