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Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year 2016!

Hi Everyone, Happy New Year!  I have been busy working in Los Angeles for a large apparel company as their Handbag and Accessories Design Director so I have not spend a lot of time on Rocco Sauvage the past year.  It has been a crazy year commuting back and forth between two cities.   I really feel like I could use a vacation. Thanks to everyone who has supported our brand in 2015.  It is customers like you that make small business possible here in the United States.  Someday it would be great to be able to expand the brand to a larger company but right now we are happy with the online store and a few local San Diego collaborations.   We have a few new things in the works for 2016 but no sneak peek available just yet. We want to wish everyone a healthy and happy new year!  Keep us in mind if you are looking for high quality men’s leather goods that are built to last & made in the USA! Cheers, Tara & Rocco (and Marco too)

The Vortex. Arizona. LOL!

The Vortex. Arizona. LOL!

I recently drove  9 hours across the desert from San Diego to Sedona, Arizona.   The drive was the long, boring and hot.  (not sure how else to describe the Arizona desert).   The average outside temperature was 104 degrees.   Driving across the Arizona desert in a 10 year old Jetta after the engine light comes on is not exactly intelligent – but we made it.  We made it after several stops to cool down and to make sure the engine did not overheat.   Over the years I have heard about Sedona being a place for New Age types and a great place to visit.   We met up with my parents in Sedona for the weekend.   I have head all about how the spa treatments in Sedona are a must do.   I did not book in advance so the best I could do was a chair massage, 20 minutes for $30.00 plus tip.   I signed my mom and I up for our mini chair massage.  An older woman was the masseuse and during our short session to tried to explain how energy forces around the body work etc.  Its all about the Vortex.  I was lost after she tried to explain to me about the energy field around my head.   First of all, I needed to define “Vortex.”     What is the definition of “vortex”? The term vortex refers to its less common definition: “A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.” In other words, a vortex is a site where the energy of an area is concentrated. Because Sedona as a whole is known to be a spiritual power spot, a vortex site in Sedona is a place where one can feel Sedona’s spiritual energy most strongly.    After our short chair massages, the only vortex I found was in my wallet.    Next, our visit was to some of the tourist places.  Maybe I could find inner peace by visiting some of the famous Sedona spiritual centers.  (not likely with whiny 9 year old in tow)  But first, lets identify them. Chapel of the Holy Cross   Chapel of the Holy Cross.  Are you there God?   What are the commonly identified vortexes in Sedona? The commonly identified vortex areas are:  Airport Mesa. Closest to the Uptown area of Sedona, it offers panoramic views. Bell Rock. Adjoining the Village of Oak Creek, it has an easily identifiable bell- shape formation.Boynton Canyon. Still a site for annual Native American ceremonies, this vortex is off Dry Creek Road in West Sedona and offers the longest hike of the four main vortex sites–up to three hours round trip.Cathedral Rock. Located on Lower Red Rock Loop Road, it is the most photographed site in Sedona. The cathedral-like structure rises above Oak Creek.  Other special places to connect with the sacred energy of Sedona include The Chapel of the Holy Cross, Bell Rock Schnebly Hill, West Fork and the Amitabha Stupa. I did not bring my hiking boots and our group consisted of my retired parents and a 9 year old kid so a 3 mile hike in 100 degree weather was not likely.  We took a drive up to “The Chapel of the Holy Cross” which is a church built into the rock.  It was very amazing architecture but with all the overweight tourists and people taking photos it was hard to find inner peace.   Next we drove out to Bell Rock, this area is supposed to be a Vortex area.  The wind was hot and dry.  After… Read More

Rocco Sauvage:  One Night in Bangkok!

Rocco Sauvage: One Night in Bangkok!

I just got back from an amazing trip to Thailand and China.  China was smog city and Thailand was wonderful as always.   Thailand is great for design inspiration with all the beautiful colors of nature and the hundreds of temples.  I am inspired to add a few more items to my mens leather goods line.    In Asia, mostly in Beijing the men are wearing medium sized cross body bags.    I also met with department store owners in China to talk to them about bringing American brands to Chinese departments stores.   Men’s leather goods are taking off all over the world, eventually Rocco Sauvage will expand overseas, but one step at a time. Ciao, TS