Friday, November 13, 2009

Where I've been all this time...

It's clearly been a while since my last post.
As some of you may be aware my brother Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein passed away in August.
For the past 2 months my husband and I have been spending most of our time in LA which is on the other coast
from our home in Philly. It's been a crazy time with a lot to do, but our primary focus has been pulling together the
eBay auction of my brother's sneaker collection.

Over the past 10 years my brother has amassed a collection of sneakers totaling close to 900 pairs.
The collection is amazing and contains a lot of rare, vintage and otherwise really cool pairs.
Sneakers are not generally in my realm of knowledge, so doing this project has taught me a lot and I can now distinguish a Dunk Low from an Air Force 1 or a Jordan IV. Fortunately we've had a ton of help from Adam's sneakerhead friends!

Aside from collecting, Adam had two great passions in life. One was clearly music, but the other that people may be less aware of was helping other addicts to get sober. I have been so touched by the stories from countless people I've met and heard from who have expressed how much Adam had impacted their lives. For those of us who were close to Adam there was only one option for what to do with his sneaker collection - despite a comment I read online from someone who suggested that Adam would have wanted my mom to take and preserve the collection... :)
We established the DJ AM Memorial Fund for the purpose of continuing Adam's work in recovery in his name.
All of the proceeds from the auction will go to the memorial fund.

While all of this has meant putting my life and my business on hold for a bit, there is no question in my mind that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing right now. As much as I miss working on my website and working with vintage I know it will be there for me when I get back. Fortunately we have fantastic friends who are supporting us at home. Special thanks to Megan from Art Star for mailing out my orders every week and helping to field questions about measurements and shipping costs. Thanks to her help my website is very much up and running. Despite not being able to add new products, there are still a few thousand things on there, so there's plenty to pick from!

If you'd like more information about the DJ AM Memorial Fund you can visit his page on the Creative Visions Foundation website.