Portland Apron Company
Tell us about your business.I’ve always loved to sew, so when I got a job as a server, I didn’t even think about buying an apron. It was a great excuse to make one. The compliments started to roll in the first day I wore it, and everyday after that. A co-worker told me I should sell them, so I did. I was definitely no overnight success story. It took many hours of photo tweaking, sewing mistakes, and a lot of patience to get to a point where I would be proud to say, “Look at my Etsy site!” I worked my day job in the mornings, and sewed in the afternoon. It made for a long day, but I enjoyed it. Plus, winters in Portland can be dreary, so staying inside sewing all afternoon was just fine with me. My process goes a little something like this: First, find fabric that makes me want to run a 5K and high five everyone; then, decide which apron style I want to make it in; then, cut, cut, cut, and sew, sew, sew. I see my business evolving into a well-known, local Portland business with a brick and mortar space.
What makes your business stand out?My business is unique, because I am never doing just one job that can be clearly labeled. When people ask me what “I do” for a living, I tell them that I own an apron company. At first I thought this sounded silly, but now it makes me proud. I also tell them that I design and sew the aprons myself. This makes it easier for them to understand, because they can give what I do a title, “You’re a seamstress then!” they will say. Well, yes, I am a seamstress, but I’m also a business owner; and a business manager; and a photographer; and my brands ambassador; and a model; and a designer; and a pattern maker; and a post office delivery girl. I don’t normally go into that much detail though. People begin to get that glazed over look in their eye. So yes, in a nutshell, I am a seamstress, and I sew aprons ☺
What's the best business advice you've received?"Do what you love, and the money will come." Great advice from my Public Relations professor in college.
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