Live Inspired

The Right Words at the Right Time


Hello! I'm Meredith, the newest addition to Compendium's creative team. An incredible set of circumstances brought me here to Compendium, but I'll save that story for another post. Today, I'm writing to tell you about a famous fashion designer who crossed paths with Compendium long before she was a household name. It's one of those stories we love to hear--where a single insight helps to alter the course of a life.


A recent edition of Pacific Northwest--the Seattle Times' Sunday Magazine--tells the story of Luly Yang, the couture dressmaker whose elaborate and meticulously constructed garments have gained her a worldwide following. There was a time, however, when Yang doubted her ability to make a living in the fashion industry, and took work as a graphic designer instead. She continued making dresses in her spare time, and held onto the hope that she might one day make her passion into a permanent career.


One evening, she had dinner at Seattle's Palomino restaurant. If you dined at Palomino from 1998-2009, you probably remember receiving one of Compendium's Window Cards at the end of your meal. More than 20 million customers of Palomino received one of these "Thoughts for Good Friends" cards during those years, and Luly Yang was among them. Yang's was this quote from Jonathan Winters: "I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."


 Photo by Kirsten Sessions


Yang took the quote as a sign, and decided it was finally time to start putting her passion first. With a home-equity loan, she rented a studio for dressmaking, where she spent her off-work hours. Over the next several years, she built her shop from a one-woman business to today's thriving operation, with a staff of seven, and a steady stream of international accolades.


Today, Luly Yang's shop is full of lace, buttons, thread and silk, and the dreams that fit these pieces together into something bigger and more meaningful. For us at Compendium, it's a good feeling to know that, years ago, our work connected with Yang's work at a key moment, just when she needed an encouraging reminder.


What about you? Over the years, we've sent nearly a billion Window Cards out into the world. Did you receive one that sparked an idea, or somehow made a difference that day, or in your life? We'd love to hear your story, and we'll try to share it in a future blog or on our Facebook page. Until then, live inspired!


Tags: window cards · inspirational products · encouragement


3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Carla Reeves 04.06.2010 | 5:56 PM

    Love inspiring stories like this! They are reminders to keep believing. You just never know how something you do will touch someone's life...a beautiful mystery.jlsmdj
  • 2 Stephanie 04.30.2010 | 12:08 PM

    Hi Meredith! Congrats on your new position with Compendium - it sounds like a fantastic company to work for!

    After reading this post, I think EVERY restaurant should hand out Window Cards after meals. :)
  • 3 Diane Tilstra 05.13.2010 | 3:46 PM

    Your blogs are very special to read; glad to discover them today. I wonder how your window card concept could be used to inspire people to care for Puget Sound? I could see one included in every thank you letter for their gifts to our organization.

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