Meyer Textile Company, LLC
Tell us about your business.A 'farm girl', I found myself looking endlessly for an apron that was durable and hard working, but didn't sacrifice a good fit or a pleasing aesthetic. When I couldn't find one I liked, I started making and eventually selling them at the local farmer's market. Over time, the cotton aprons I made for market evolved into a line of androgynous canvas, cotton ticking, and denim aprons that are perfectly suitable for the abuse dealt to them in the kitchen, workshop, and professional setting. My workshop is in the front of our 100 year old dairy barn, and the rustic setting of our century farm is the perfect inspiration for designing classic and authentically country pieces that are as hardworking as the people and farmland that surround our little hobby farm. All my designs are original--my own adaptations of classic styles designed to be more figure flattering and attractive. I select the fabric, occasionally hand dye, cut, sew and package each apron myself.
What makes your business stand out?There are plenty of businesses that make restaurant aprons, but very few that hand make them to be durable and hardy without sacrificing style! Every apron Meyer Textile Co. produces is handmade from quality cotton fabrics-- no polyester to be found in this workshop! And each apron made has a distinctly rustic and artisan handmade look. My aprons are currently outfitting restaurants, bakeries, bars, and studios all around the world. I am still in awe of the fact that customers seek out my aprons to outfit their staff, and that I have personally made and sold almost 2000 aprons! I have invested so much of myself into my business that it's probably safe to say that MTC has stopped being just my 'business' and has comfortably become my lifestyle. My business is unique because it reflects my life and taste, my beloved rustic setting, and is a profiting business based solely on the sale of aprons!
What's the best business advice you've received?Ignore fads and make products that are classic and timeless, useful to many, and make them well.
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