Gloves by Katherine

American Made Since 2002

Katherine Rohrbacher

Los Angeles, California
I make garden gloves, dish gloves and oven mitts that are embellished with new and vintage ribbons and trims.

Tell us about your business.

I started making gloves my freshman year of college at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. I would sell them in the school's art sales. They were such a hit that they sold out opening night and I had to go home and sew more for the next day. I started with dish gloves but quickly added garden gloves to my line at the request of my customers. It was only a couple years ago that I added oven mitts as well. I opened my Etsy shop in 2008. My garden gloves were featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Do It Yourself Magazine and the March/April 2013 Garden Issue of Mother Earth Living Magazine in their Best For Gardening section. Lauren Conrad chose my garden gloves as one of her ten gardening must-haves on her website this spring. I now live in Los Angeles right down the street from the Fashion District where I search through tons of trim shops to find the cutest combinations for my gloves which I then sew on my sewing machine back at my loft.

What makes your business stand out?

My gloves turn a woman's everyday mundane tasks of washing the dishes or picking weeds into something more fun and glamorous. They'll protect your manicure and will add a touch of personal style to your household chores. I started making my handmade dish gloves before they were starting to mass produce and sell them in grocery stores. I was the first to transform garden gloves into something cute and fashionable. It was only a few years ago where big companies started making garden gloves out of decorative fabrics but my use of ribbons, trims and my artistic eye still make my gloves stand out from the rest. I rarely make two gloves the same. I always try to find new, fun and creative combinations and I also customize them at people's request. There's something special about a handmade object which is due to the love and passion that goes into making them.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Charles Shepard, the Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, once told me to never let anything distract me and lead me off of my path to my ultimate goal.

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