… I think about running a successful business you should work a lot. As well as you have to bring a strong team together. People who will share the same values with you. And as well very important to have strong and right values. Which will lead you to the perfect relationship, right rules, and strong company.
… The organization, product procurement, efficient production, and communication. The organization is the top priority because receiving online orders can quickly get out of control and sacrifice customer service if you don’t have systems in place. Customer service is also our top priority. We always want to make sure that our customers are happy.
… I came up with the idea over 2 years ago and I just recently launched. It’s been a process: evolving from idea to identifying vendors (shirts, shipping bags, business cards, stickers), selecting shirt quality, selecting shirt quantity, establishing an LLC, opening a commercial bank account, buying products which will assist with your business…it’s definitely a process. As long as I stay focused, I have no doubt this will be a success.
… Our main item is our Kurta Pajama which is an ethnic outfit for boys. The set consists of a long shirt with pants. We want our designs to be playful and appealing to children. We start by picking out fun and quirky cotton fabrics so they are breathable and playful. We keep our sizing so that it is easy to play in.
… Pretty much from then time I wake up till I go to sleep I’m either sewing, coming up with designs, or thinking of ideas for my business. The only time I take a break is to eat or workout. In the morning I sew til about 2, eat lunch sew till about 7 then eat dinner. After that I might sew till I go to bed but lately, I’ve gotten in the habit of jumping on my laptop fixing up my website, drawing designs, researching other companies.
…I sell Yamato Indigo Dye, a natural indigo dye. I import the dye from Japan (I have an exclusive US distribution agreement with its manufacturer) and repackage it for the US market. I create kits designed to appeal to absolute beginners. The kits are for people who have never tried indigo dyeing and looking for easy kits to start with, which will achieve satisfying results.
…I have finished fashion design/knitwear design in the MFA program at Academy of Art University. I have learned great lessons from one of the top teachers in the industry while I was in this program. I also had an internship with a local designer while I was in school. This experience was a great asset for me to develop a commercial sense of products.
…Instagram is what I use the most! I love holding contests and giveaways. Tag a friend, follow my IG account. It’s a great way to market yourself, get people excited about your shop and show people behind the scenes look of you at work :).
…Fears and doubts are of course part of the process when starting such an online business. The way I see things is that there are moments in life where you just close your eyes and jump into cold water knowing deep down in your heart everything will be alright. I overcame some fears by simply writing down important questions about starting an online business and searching for answers online.
…I always liked to create lovely things. When I was 9 years old I have made my first handmade skirt using old mother‘s Singer sewing machine. From that time I have tried various sewing techniques including cross-stitching. I have made lots of nice handmade things for myself and my friends. From 2012 I have discovered Etsy and started to sell my handmade products there.