When did your business launch: late 2012
What is your business about? What is it that you do/sell: Our motto is "Recreating the past...one stitch at a time!" We recreate clothing, usually from the 1920s through the 1960s, in an attempt to help our clients feel as though they're wearing a piece of history. Everything is customizable, so the client get exactly what he/she wants! What gave your the inspiration or motivation for your business: My kids! To be completely honest, I haven't always been hot and heavy into the vintage lifestyle! I joined the Navy when I was younger and spent 6 years traveling the world, going to school, and being a single mom. Then, I met my future husband while we were both in Japan on detachment. We married and I left the Navy to have my second kiddo. We were restationed to a small town in California, where jobs were scarce, even for a person with a Bachelors degree! After an endless search, I gave up and turned to my passion....sewing. I had a few vintage patterns lying around from a Big Band dance I had attended years before. I thought to myself, "I really love these dresses...I wonder if anyone else would too?!" We were dirt poor and I couldn't even afford fabric, but I had an amazing friend who gave me her fabric scraps from the aprons she made. From there, I was able to start
making small amount of clothing. After my first order, I reinvested in more fabric and so on. Today, I'm able to add an income to my family's funds and feed my kids better food than hotdogs!
Do you do this full time/part time? I'm a full time stay at home mom and seamstress! (and yes, those are two full time jobs lol!)
How has your life changed since starting your business: I've fallen in love with vintage! The more I research past fashions, the more I live for it! I've met a ton of people who share the same feelings I have for the lifestyle and the fashion and I couldn't imagine my life without them!
What is the biggest obstacle you have encountered: My biggest obstacle to date has actually been my shyness! I used to be incredibly shy and wasn't ever able to market myself well, because I'm not one to talk about myself. I've been able to get much better at this, but it's still a work in progress!
What is something you thought was going to be hard, but turned out to be simple, inregards to your business: I honestly thought it would be most difficult to juggle my business, kids, and maintain a healthy loving relationship with my husband. But it's actually become the one thing I never worry about! I involve my husband in a lot of aspects of my business, which he enjoys. It gives us a lot more time together and makes him feel special to help out :-)
What has been your biggest success to date: I consider my biggest success to be waking up in the morning to a message in my inbox from a client, telling me how well my clothes fit her and how she feels so pretty!!
Do you have any big plans/ideas/launches planned for 2015: my dream would be to create a collection to display on the runway at Viva, but I'm unsure how to go about it! I will be constantly adding to my available clothing items, creating more designs to chose from!
What would you like to share with COAST readers about your company/business? I'd like to share that we are always open to new ideas, requests, and are always happy to accept a challenge!
Lastly, what is the advice you would give to someone looking to start a company or business similar to yours: I would tell someone, go for it! It's soooo much better to work hard for something you love than work hard for something you don't!
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