Little Gents In Training

American Made Since 2011

Kristy Olmos

Los Altos, California
Little Gents in Training are American made garments that are hand crafted with UPcycled materials. UPcycle & Restyle!

Tell us about your business.

LGIT was created after I saw a child wearing a tie with a T-shirt on. He was tugging at it, and the thought came to me. I had just been laid off, the economy was tough, and I decided it was time to take my future into my own hands. I hand sew each piece using American made children's clothes, and make sure each appliqué is UPcycled from a men's button up woven shirt. I look forward to growing the business with new design ideas, and branching out. It makes me so happy to have customers buy my products for their loved ones. Then, when they share with me pictures of their happy Little Gents, it brings a smile to my face every time!

What makes your business stand out?

A lot of time and thought was put into the pieces to make sure they reflect the exact look of their daddy's tie & bow-tie. I made the patterns to give dimension to the appliqué's, place the label on the tie to resemble a tie clip, and hand pick each print & pattern.

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

Don't take it personal!

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  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

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  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 9, 2014

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    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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    Nov. 7–8, 2014

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