Banana Bread Baby
Tell us about your business.The name Banana Bread Baby came when my husband Spencer and I were expecting baby number 2. We were nearing the end of the pregnancy and planning on a home birth. Spencer and I baked a loaf of Banana Bread everyday in the last days of pregnancy so our home would be filled with the oh so inviting aroma of Banana Bread baking in the oven. Therefore the name Banana Bread Baby. I've always loved to sew. As a child I would sew my own doll clothes and costumes. I began sewing on a more professional level when a friend and I started a weekly sewing group, Sew Sweet. After finishing a few dresses for my own girls, I decided I should show off my talent of pattern play and unique color pallets at our local Farmers/ Arts Markets. Banana Bread Baby quickly became a hit selling American Handmade children's clothing and gifts. I presented my Spring 2013 at Jacksonville Fashion Week where I was the lead designer in Children's Wear. This was a huge success in such short time since opening.
What makes your business stand out?Banana Bread Baby allows the customer to work one on one with a designer to create a one of a kind piece for their child. Presenting fresh pieces every season allows the customer to stay in the now with infants/ children's fashions and baby gift trends. I started Banana Bread Baby with only two styles Girls Dresses in 2009. Since then, I've perfected my design and sewing skills making it possible to create original pieces per season. I sell Nationwide through my Etsy shop and Website www.bananabreadbaby.com, but still find satisfaction in selling at my local Farmers Market, Old City Farmers Market in St. Augustine, Fl. I say," you will one day find my clothing in Macy's, but I'll still sell here at the local Farmers Markets." This is what makes me and my business so special. I take pride in the American Made, it provides so much hope to our Nation. I'm currently working on Spring/Summer 2014 that will be Shown at Kansas City Fashion Week this October. So excited!
What's the best business advice you've received?Stay true to yourself and to be confident that your future is always bright. You never know unless you truly put yourself out there and accept the outcome. The answer is always YES!
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