William Dohman & Katie Dohman
Tell us about your business.I got my start in architecture. I enjoyed it, but was often distracted by ideas for side projects, especially when product samples would come in and I would see potential to transform it into an art piece. Once I made my first piece, I was hooked. At first, it was "just a hobby"— gifts for friends or participating in an art crawl in our neighborhood. But gradually it started taking over all my free time. Suddenly, I was exhibiting at art and craft shows, wholesaling, and, to our great surprise, finding my products on the pages of magazines. It was then we knew it was time to make the leap and quit my "day job." We've stayed true to following inspiration so that our product lines never get stagnant, and I'm able to always make what I'm most excited about—that way, I'm never doodling in the margins about my choice to go full-time with Oh Dier, so to speak. We hope to expand and develop our home décor lines considerably this year.
What makes your business stand out?We have a unique perspective on the market because of our backgrounds—William's design and architecture schooling coupled with Katie's style editor work creates a dynamic mix of two similar aesthetics but with differing perspectives.
What's the best business advice you've received?We believe it was Bob Dylan who once said, “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” This is truly how we see our lives now. With the responsibility of running your own business comes great joy.
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