Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2017! We love the start to a New Year! It is a great time to set new goals and get focused again on what makes you happy in your personal life and in your professional life. But, before we set new goals, we want to reflect on 2016 and the highlights that we experienced. As we always say, it is super important as an entrepreneur to celebrate all of the wins, big and small. Here is a recap of our year:

We added a new team member! Please welcome Catherine Love! Catherine also attended the Illinois Institute of Art (same as I, Jennifer) where she received her degree in fashion design. After graduating she worked in various fashion fields such as retail, editorial styling, and merchandising. We are super excited that she is now a member of the team!

We moved to a new office! While we loved the neighborhood of Pilsen, it was time for a change. Now we are on restaurant row in the West Loop and enjoying the dining options. Meet us for lunch!

We attended Magic where I had the opportunity to speak on a panel about manufacturing in the US versus overseas. We met so many great fabric vendors, factories and designers!

We exhibited at DG Expo in Miami during a hurricane! DG Expo is a great place to meet fabric and trim vendors that cater to the new designer. It is extra exciting with a hurricane:)

We launched our online Square One Series here! Right now we offer two courses: Concept to Launch and Costing and Budgeting. In these courses you can learn our 6 steps to launching your line as well as get a handle on your price points and the budget that you will need to start your business. The Square One Series is a great way to get started in the fashion industry and we expect to add more content this year!

A lot of our great brands launched this year! Here are just a few:

  • Holly and Tanager produces beautiful leather bags right here in America!
  • If you are looking for smart fashion for nursing moms, take a look at Cozy Rack .
  • Salmon Cove features men’s vests that go from the office to the golf course.
  • Bon Aprontit designs gorgeous aprons which are a must for your next dinner party!
  • Check out Sela Fit for lightweight athletic tops that will make you want to work out!
  • Sustainability and style meet in Maven Women’s elegant dresses!

AND….Abbie added to her family! River Noble was born this fall and he is a cutie pie!

Overall, it was a great year and we are excited to see what 2017 brings. Let us know some of your highlights!