Weekly Briefing: Finding Resonance in Home Textile Business
"Our look is to blend what is casual, practical and feminine. I take a lot of ideas from the '50s and alter it to current times, so it's functional. I recently started picking up old kimonos and am using the fabric for a clutch purse line.
"I still work two days in the medical field and do a lot of my designing in the car between appointments. I always think three-dimensionally, and ideas come to me in colors and patterns. I wander through swap meets and vintage stores I prefer that to magazines because I like to feel things.
"Our bloomers, which can be worn as yoga or exercise pants, retail for $72. One-of-a-kind checkbooks and wallets sell for $40 to $50. Handbags, also one of a kind, all have inside linings that are different from the outside and sell for around $140. Cost-wise, our products are a bit higher, but people get something nicer and more unique.
"Eventually I'd like to own a retail store. I'm in the process of obtaining a small business loan and have managed to survive my first year on low interest credit cards and a home equity loan. Last year I did $19,000 altogether. My goal this year is to do $10,000 a month. We've gotten $8,500 the last two months so we'll be pretty close to our goal. My next goal is to do $30,000 a month so I can live off it."
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