Time for the final word on the future of Last Call and the Dazzle SIM. As I originally stated, Last Call will be closing its doors on the evening of March 31. At such time all inventory created by myself, Katterina Dagostino, and my late partner Ginny Talamasca will be removed from the Dazzle SIM/Last Call store and will no longer be available for purchase from its creators.
It is at this point I would like a moment to again thank all of the wonderful fans and customers of Last Call who made designing in SL such an incredible experience for Ginny and myself. Never at any moment in our lives prior to SL did either of us believe that those idle sketches made in margins of college notebooks would be so appreciated. Thank you all for the privilege of allowing my best friend and I to create so freely for so long.
In truth, over the last four and a half months I have vacillated between folding up shop and walking away from SL, and the alternative of remaining in-game and pressing on with design. Ginny was my reason for entering SL, pure and simple, but it was the designing and creation that kept me here. I enjoy the creative process and the challenges presented by this medium’s venue of expression. SL combines painting, drawing, sculpture, and animation simultaneously, into an adventure I cannot readily walk. To leave would be a waste of a remarkable opportunity and a squandering of the efforts, time, and love Ginny invested in our work.
Yes, I plan to remain in SL and produce as Katterina Dagostino, but I wish to do so in my previous capacity. I work to my fullest potential under the benefits of a partnership, and in the spirit of what brought me to SL I have entered into a new SL partnership with a dear friend of mine Danner Dosei. I have sold her controlling interest in the Dazzle SIM, and I shall remain on board to create with her for the new store ‘Archange’ which she is bringing to the Dazzle SIM and Last Call shell.
Last Call will close on March 31, and following that date during the first or second week in April, Danner Dosei and myself will reopen on the Dazzle SIM under the ‘Archange’ label with a new collection of women’s fashions. Beginning that first week in April week following the closing of Last Call, Danner Dosei and I are inviting any and all members of the LC Group to join the new update group under the Archange heading. We ask that anyone wishing to join the transfer over from the Last Call update group to please do so before April 14. The LC update group will continue to be used in conjunction with the new Archange update group only through the First week of Archange’s opening to allow time for anyone unable to make switchover before the opening of the new store to do so if they wish. Not to worry though, if you miss the April 14th date, just look for the Dazzle SIM. Signs reminding people of the new group will be posted outside of and within the Archange store located on the same Dazzle SIM as Last Call.
In the same essence of new beginnings, this blog will also no longer be used as soon as a new Archange Blog posting can be established. When this occurs, announcement to that effect will be made and a link for redirection to the new blog will be posted on the current “lastcallbydhc.com“ blog site.
This has been a very long, difficult, and confusing year for both myself and all the loyal fans of Last Call, and I do not believe that it has to be a fruitless one. I am very excited about this new path and the chance to work alongside another incredible friend of mine, Danner Dosei. Archange will not be Last Call because for me and I believe for many, Last Call was Ginny Talamasca. Danner’s sense of style and design, and my personal taste in fashion will be a new avenue of exploration, but that is not to say we are totally without Ginny’s remarkable influence.
I do not believe it is possible to be life-long friends with a person and not adopt a piece of that person within one’s self, and it is that belief which spawned the name ‘Archange’. En français, Ginny’s beloved language of choice, Archange translates simply to Archangel, a universal guardian and protective force. I know that no matter what I do in life I will be influenced by my time with Ginny, so Danner and I thought it fitting that a store on the Dazzle SIM run by two of her friends should bare that influence also.
As I said, I look forward to the future. I look forward to this new adventure with Danner Dosei. And most of all, I look forward to propagating and advancing the skills Ginny shared with me.
Thank you all for you interest in Ginny’s work and our store Last Call.