Maggie and Marty
Tell us about your business.Maggie and Marty is originally designed, illustrated and handmade in Brooklyn, NY by Bethanne Kelleher. I am a successful Costume Designer working in the film industry and wanted to express my other passion as a creative entrepreneur as well, so Maggie and Marty was born in 2011. My accolades have been designing many noted and award winning feature films here in NYC as well as LA and Hawaii, where Maggie and Marty was first created. My process is inspiration first, illustrate and watercolor every design myself, have my designs printed with non-toxic inks to be placed on a variety of products- tea towels, children's paper dolls, games, greeting cards, children's clothing and much more....! It is important to see my business evolve and grow but remain handmade and maintain its original quality and care. It's beautiful to see children using their imaginations these days and I hope many of them will be inspired by the magical paper doll collection I am creating for them.
What makes your business stand out?My own story behind the label is what makes Maggie and Marty unique. Maggie and Marty is inspired by my love of costume history and passion for everything vintage, including paper dolls. This all came about with the idea to make a children's toy and clothing line in honor of my late grandmother, Marguerite and great-uncle, Martin aka sister and brother duo Maggie and Marty... both who's style and grace I have forever admired. My grandmother designed and made hand sewn dolls and beautiful clothing for all her grandchildren. I wanted to pass this special gift of creating beautiful things along to other children who would love their handmade toys as much as I did. Maggie and Marty paper doll collection is designed for children to enjoy and play with as well as educate them in the rich history of children's clothing from past decades and cultures around the world. This special collection is designed to promote creative play and let children use their exciting imaginations.
What's the best business advice you've received?Social Media is key to marketing, especially for small businesses with little or no marketing budget. Great Photos are very important in representing your work.
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