Roadshow is what I call it.
People ask whether I find it exhausting to do so much travelling--there have been 11 trunkshows since mid-August. The answer is no. There are several reasons why I love it.
Most importantly, I get to see my precious customers who appreciate the efforts my "team" and I put into our products. We get very gratifying and important feedback about our work. Also, we expose ourselves to sights, sounds, landscapes, people, museums and food all over the country. I feel totally like a local in so many different cities. I especially love it when someone asks me for a restaurant or exhibition recommendation in their own town.
When there is more than one city on our route I load everything into our van, Moby, and take off.
Our first stop, just after Labor Day, was St. Louis. Wonderful customers, delicious food, a fine big art museum and the wondrous Pulitzer Foundation for the arts are added bonuses.
At The Pulitzer. Calder, Tuttle and Sandback. The Ando building is a gem.
We base our schedule on trying to visit major cities in some geographic sequences while also trying to avoid major holidays, school breaks and storms. Not always is this possible.
So, this autumn it was St. Louis, NY, Boston, Cleveland and Chicago by car. Then fly to California and drive between LA and SF, and then in our van from KC to Dallas and Houston.
I am the totalitarian driver and on shorter hops Angela, Kate or Cynde are the passengers.
Someday we will write the book... Slow Clothesmobile.