Mesh, along with Slink, Lola and other enhancements within SL are the big thing. Normally what’s in, means that you have a variety of choices but also a variety of price ranges and different fashion options. And rather you shop for mesh online via SL Marketplace, or inworld via the store, you can find many designers with great fashion. But if it’s great biker/rocker mesh and a good deal you’re looking for, I completely recommend Mesh Head. The main store is not only large with tons to select from, but has affordable prices which is always a thumbs up to me. One feature I like of this store is, a non-demo item will receive a refund if you are unhappy with the fit. This is a bonus when dealing with mesh clothing. Unlike some people I rarely ever will change my shape to work with an outfit. You can find the main store here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elara/13/159/24
And for shopping via marketplace you can find Mesh Head here: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/103109
It was while at the main store inworld that I chose to inspect the sales floor conveniently reached by teleporter. Plenty of designs can be found on the sales floor for 60 L. This makes a girl so very tempted to spoil herself or loved ones with some awesome mesh. I also took note of at least two free mesh clothing in the sale area. For sure not only tempting but well worth it.
Becca Drascol: First tell me a little about Mesh Head and the inspiration behind it
FrancescoCarrera Resident: Have been doing it for over 2 years now, when the mesh clothing was introduced into SL I thought I'd give it a go, I'm a designer RL so was easy enough to do nice textures in Photoshop. I'm a bit of a rocker RL so thought I'd supply stuff that I like myself to the rockers and bikers of SL. It's quite a large target audience in here so as long as I make nice stuff I figured people would buy it. I keep my prices affordable to everybody which helps me sell a lot and people get good clothes at a reasonable cost without having to break the bank.
Becca Drascol: What trends do you see coming up for Fall?
FrancescoCarrera Resident: I don't really do seasonal stuff, I just make whatever comes into my head at that moment in time. I guess Autumnal colours would be the standard earth tones and stuff like that, maybe warmer outfits.
FrancescoCarrera Resident: You’re always safe with black and skulls for bikers and rockers.
Becca Drascol: Right.
Becca Drascol: Do you think there's something that makes your designs stand out from other designers that do biker/rocker looks?
FrancescoCarrera Resident: I try to be different in my range of clothes but I don’t really look at other designers stuff, I like to make sure my textures are sharp and add little extras like detailed stitching and quality logos. I think that's more of a question for my customers, I just do my best and make sure they get a quality product at an affordable price.
Becca Drascol: Right. I actually took a moment to check out the sale floor while at the store, and was pleased to see such great clothes at affordable prices but also felt the normal prices were comfy.
FrancescoCarrera Resident: I'm glad you think so. I add to the sale room now and again, that's older stuff from when I first started. I like to think all the newer stuff is a little better as things develop.
Becca Drascol: Lola enhancement has become a big thing in SL, do your see yourself adding the applier to you female line?
FrancescoCarrera Resident: Not sure, it's something I've thought about but not got around to it yet. Maybe the new mesh avis have made the Lola add-on redundant so I'm kind of one the fence on that one.
Becca Drascol: Understandable and perhaps something that is a little unique to you.
Becca Drascol: I want to thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me and ask if you have anything special you would like to add?
FrancescoCarrera Resident: Not really, I can answer more questions of you wish but I'm good so far :)
Becca Drascol: Oh yes, I did want to ask if the main store is the only location right now?
FrancescoCarrera Resident: I have satellite stores around SL, maybe 5 or 6.
Becca Drascol: Very nice.
FrancescoCarrera Resident: Not too many though, it's a lot of work keeping them up to date.
Becca Drascol: Do you ever or have you sponsored clubs or other venues?
FrancescoCarrera Resident: Yeah I do quite a few, send gift card and stuff. I sponsor Autism Awareness and Relay for Life also.
Becca Drascol: That's wonderful.
Becca Drascol: And if one were looking to get gift cards how would they go about that?
FrancescoCarrera Resident: I need to update to electronic gift cards but again haven't got around to it so I basically hand out textures that are Trans, when the winner of the event gives the card back to me with a notecard of what they want then I hand over the items. Old way of doing it but that’s all I have at the moment.
Becca Drascol: I think it's about what works for the creator, I'm sure a lot of time effort and hard work goes into the creation of the fashion itself.
FrancescoCarrera Resident: Yep, that’s the way I think also.
Becca Drascol: Again thank you so much for taking this time to talk with me.
Not only did I have a pleasant time window shopping and looking around the inworld store, it was pleasant to talk with Mesh Head’s creator. He was easy to talk with, down to Earth and genuinely loves creating mesh. Next time you guys and gals of SL want to shop for a biker/rocker look with style and budget friendly, get on over to Mesh Head.