The first thing I do each season is to buy a new sketchbook. It can’t be too big as it has to fit into whichever bag or clutch I’m toting around each day, but it can’t be so small that my writing becomes illegible.
Although I’d like to be able to say that I fill my books with wondrous sketches each season, that would be a lie. I cannot draw. Not even a tiny bit, so I just make notes as the looks come down the runway.
The notes aren’t just for whatever article or blog post I am planning, they are my reference bible for the next six months. Without those notes, I’d have nothing to refer back to during the season, which is just one of the reasons why the trend for laptop companies to try to foist loaner computers on bloggers so that they can “blog from the front row” as one approach last season read, is so risible.
I found this notebook in English stationers Rymans for a mere £4.99. It’s filled with proper cartridge paper, so it’s a joy upon which to write; there is also a black ribbon marker and a handy elastic strap so I can put show notes & invitations inside it each day. I’m not sure yet if it’ll be *the* notebook, but I thought I should buy it just in case I don’t have time to head to Smythson before the shows start.