I've been corresponding with Nick Verreos and he has graciously given me permission to share.
I asked about his niece and here is his repsonse:
Thank you again for your kind and supportive words--they are inspiring as well as encouraging---
The Barbie episode was great!!!! It was a proud moment for me. Just over X-mas vacation, I got to take a little bit of time off, and visited my niece, and just to see her face light up when she received me at the airport made me feel like I could just go straight to Heaven now!!! All she kept saying was "I know what it is THAT suitcase...." Unfortunately I didn't have actual produced Barbie yet, so I had to tell her, sadly , that she would be getting it soon enough.
That said, I am very busy, working on my line and orders for a store here in Los Angeles, that will exclusively carry it --Dove Boutique on Robertson--as well as my teaching at the Fashion Institute, which resumed this week(it was like walking through a minefield!)
Thanks again for your kind words and support--and BTW your blog is excellent!
Later I received this note:
Of course , you can print it if you want. Thanks for the e-mail and as always , for all the complimentary feedback.
School was a bit daunting this week, being the first week. And especially since I had to teach the day after this Banana Republic Challenge. I entered the Faculty Lounge, which I usually try to stay away from, to retrieve some paperwork, and there were about 15 teachers there who then proceeded to get up and begin applauding me!!! I felt like Sally Field at the Oscars! And of course the students are excited as well.
Hope you have a great weekend, I will be working, as I said, have the line to put out to this local Boutique that it just opening as well as a couple projects that I am not at liberty to say just now, but I am sure you might read about at the end of the month....(remember it's Award Show Season...)
Gotta love that Nick!