I am so looking forward to this. A fresh start with my own business doing what I love. It's been a fun ride getting here, from a small hobby, to a legitimate venture. I wanted to practice my writing chops as well, and there's no better place to start, than...
I've always loved to draw and paint, and I can thank my mom for providing me with creative outlets and always encouraging my artistic endeavors. It's funny that I didn't see the potential of painting on something other than canvas until I had an assignment in my senior year of high school English: use fabric paint to write any word on a shirt. My word? Honorificabilitudinitatibus.
From there, I knew I needed to make more. Before college, I had several new shirts, and in the process I found out about customized Converse. I had always been a huge fan of Hi-Tops, so I knew I had to do it. That lead to my first pair:
Heading to college with kicks like that inevitably leads to the comment: "You should sell those!"
My First Attempt
After some apprehension, by my senior year of college I decided I would try to sell them. I had plenty of experience making shoes and websites, so I thought, how hard could this be? Turns out, pretty hard. Building up a business takes a lot of effort, which I've learned over the past several months. Still, I am glad I tried it out with ConArt Customs. I learned a lot from my first attempt; your website matters, your name matters, and you cannot stop trying.
Owning your own business is also a big investment of time and money, two things I did not have in my later years of college. I decided to shelve the idea of my own custom apparel business until I could gain some more money, time, and experience.
I've been very fortunate in my post-college career. My first job was as an assistant manager at a small town bank. It wasn't very glorious, but I learned a lot about money management and banking. From there, I shipped out to Boston to start working at Paint Nite's Licensing department. In this role, I help small Paint Nite businesses succeed around the country, and in the process I've learned a lot about making sure my business succeeds.
It All Comes Together
So, with my experience from my first attempt, my newfound business and financial skills, and an upcoming wedding, I thought now was a great time to try again. This time, I made sure I did everything right. I've found Squarespace and Shopify to be fantastic webstores. I've also got the right technology to take fantastic product photos, and what better way to start, than with a revamped pair of Japan inspired kicks:
Thank you to everyone who has supported me to this point, and I look forward to continuing this great adventure!