From my scrappy four-wall apartment in NJ to Manhattan and Hollywood within 30 days, I have recently managed my largest intimates production run, been on air (TV) with world renowned and mega media mogul, Kathy Ireland while preparing for CRISSCROSS Intimates holiday season sales. I hope my story inspires you to LIVE Your Dreams and find your passion.
Preview the holiday collection and shop CRISSCROSS Intimates beautiful, luxurious intimate apparel for post-op breast patients. My passion for fashion is unsurpassed by my interest to put an end to breast cancer forever. My motto: Don't let cancer get the BREAST of you! You can learn how I persevere and continue to push forward and pay-it-forward in this story. I call it true BLISS! as I documented my survivor journey with a pursuit for happiness.
Here are some of the behind the scenes at CRISSCROSS Intimates. . .
When I first launched the e-commerce site for CRISSCROSS Intimates back in April 2017, NJ Biz wrote an article about the launch of my new brand as a Multi-Mediapreneur and then, I wrote an article about How Well Do You Juggle? I was talking about life of a 'multi-tasking' business person, how we take an idea thru creation and seem to manage so many diverse tasks. We all have our passions and find fulfillment and joy in what we do. So when I was invited on set at Modern Living TV with kathy ireland to work with her production team at KCET studios in Los Angeles, CA November 7, 2017 where they engage, educate and help activate brands, I was simply thrilled. Although there was a lot of preparation to be on the show, it was such a worthwhile endeavor. I knew it would be a time-intensive opportunity and although I initially turned them down, I always kept the show top of mind. Then, when my chaos became a bit clearer, I swiftly turned things around and called them back, and we made it happen.
Just last week, we completed our November show airing on WeTV (U.S. markets) this Thursday, November 16th at 7:30 am and it will air on Bloomberg International in various markets on November 26th. (See channel finders below in your market area).
Simultaneously I was asked to submit my Bras to the Rachel Ray show for a segment airing end of September involved with Bra Innovations -- What Bras to Wear (and Why). The timing was extremely tight to pull this off, however, I threw my name in the hat. I became one of the top contenders to be on the show and am hopeful I will be invited back at a future date.
Hurray Kimmay on What Bras to Wear as seen on Rachel Ray TV show September 28, 2017.
My new production run involved shipping over 215 lbs of European fabrics, about 20+ bolts to the U.S. and I had to put the intimates collection production in motion. New manufacturer, international shipping issues, customs, you name it. But somehow we figure things out and 'roll' with it as a new designer to pick up the pieces like any entrepreneur would do. I had a temporary, expensive and colorful floor mat at my NJ home for a few days before I was able to put the project into PLAY in NYC.
There is always a lot of shuffling and maneuvering as a designer, but we learn to juggle. I delivered the trims, accessories and fabrics to the manufacturer and the production was well underway while I prepared for the TV show in LA.
I know that I've always been a multi-tasker at heart and this was a grande undertaking but not the largest quest I've managed. While I was expand my line and changed business partners to accommodate growth, we also grow as a person and in our profession. So here's a few images of the chaos and the calm of CRISSCROSS recent activities.
My Dad always taught me "to do today what you can, as you never know what tomorrow may bring." I live by those words and continue on my quest. All the breast, Jean
- YouTube Highlight: Demo Show
- YouTube Show
- Modern Living TV Show Press Release with Jean Criss
- Network and Time:
We TV – November 16, 2017, 7:30am EST
Channel Finder: http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCGrid.do?aid=zap2it
Bloomberg International - November 26, 2017
- Bloomberg EMEA – 7:00am GMT
- Bloomberg Latin America – 10:00am D.F.
- Bloomberg Asia Pacific – 2:30pm HKT
Channel Finder: https://www.bloomberg.com/live/schedule-shows
I hope you enjoy the show and welcome your feedback. For media or product inquiries about CRISSCROSS Intimates or to contact Jean Criss, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To read about Jean's survivor story, you can purchase My Pain Woke Me Up: Bliss! here.