This is a ‘Hello’ to everyone in my Sugar Candy Mountain family. Well, not exactly a ‘Hello.’ I’m taking a break from designing and producing this Fall, so I can return to where I come from, to Big Sur, California. I’ve come to the point where it’s absolutely necessary that I slow down and reconnect with the earth, where I also come from, and as a result of this pause, I won’t be producing a Fall/Winter 2022 collection this season.
Growing up in Big Sur, (until my family moved to New York when I was 10, but that’s another story!), has informed so much of who I am today, but I mustn’t forget. I’m looking forward to going back to the mountain where it all began, to be still, to feel my feet on, and in, the soft earth, to hang out with the oak trees, and to be spared all of the familiar distractions of our consumer culture. When I’ve remembered all of this that was almost forgotten, I’ll also be remembering how to breathe and how to just ‘be.’ Then none of this will be a memory anymore, it will be a present; and when my psyche has emptied out, this nothingness will renew a more creative sense of play, wonder, and curiosity, that which informs Sugar Candy Mountain.
I love you and couldn’t do any of it without you. Stay tuned for the next creation in Summer, 2023!
My mother, Susan Branaman, and my brother talking to Giles Healey
My father and I, 1964, Big Sur, CA
My Mother, Susan, circa 1960s (she informed my sense of style and design)
Me, age 15, Big Sur, CA
The mountain I grew up on and am returning to in Big Sur, CA