The second I found this meme I knew I would share it for this post. (I don't own the image) It perfectly describes how I think about Fashion and it's role in my family. My "little" brother Mocking our insanely stylish little sister. She's a fashion blogger and oozes fashion, I just make stuff. Even if I wouldn't wear it! Bailey is the fashion girl in the family. Then there is me, I don't even know if I could define my own style until recently. I learned to sew because my mom would sew, out of necessity yes like all modern Pinterest mom's she wanted her kids to have creative halloween costumes, or she sewed my costumes in theatre. I watched my mom adapt a pattern hobby lobby to fit her vision. I watched her and her sisters craft for the love of crafting everything under the sun. I blame them for my hobby lobby addiction and my grandmother's stained glass room in her home for my own out of control craft studio.
I've been building this business at a snails pace. It started with dog hair bows, then children hair bows, then pettiskirts and it pivoted and built as I learned more and more.
I wouldn't have even called myself a "designer" until the prompting of someone truly special who asked me after seeing my store why I didn't do Kansas City Fashion Week. A dream like that could only hide in my heart. I played it off I only envisioned Fashion Week for avante garde over the top, fashion, not what I had in my store. I don't think I had ever breathed a hint of that dream to anyone. Then a couple weeks later a stranger whom found my store from Facebook advertising asked me why I wasn't participating in KCFW. OK God what are you doing! So I applied and I didn't get cast. However I did attend a show for the fall season on the front row and I realized maybe I am doing what they are doing. I really have never seen myself as a designer before. Sourcing and customizing my own product, on my own website that I built, in my own store. I look around and see things I was positive that would sell that sit on my racks. I see the skirt I thought would be amazing but it really isn't. I see factory basics that hundreds of other stores will cary too and think that for some reason that downplays my brand and unclassified me as a designer. I just make stuff :-)
In what really is probably just a lapse of judgement, wine and a few tears were involved I applied again for Kansas City Fashion Week and I made it! You have to included picture of your previous line in your application. So I had partnered with a few photographers and pushed myself to create my own outfit. I created 2 pairs of angel wings for myself. Now the rest is history.
The rest of the story can be found here. Shopify we really need to talk about this blog post character limit.