Patricia Gambis Handcrafted
Tell us about your business.Patricia is a designer and maker of children's clothes (6 months - 4 years old) based in Forest Hills, New York. Her collection evokes the unbounded creativity and playfulness of childhood and favors classic lines and imaginative prints. Each piece of garment is designed and constructed by Patricia which guarantees her clients the highest level of craftsmanship and sustainability. Patricia launched her children's wear collection in 2010 with her signature reversible cotton denim dress. She has since expanded to include corduroy and applique dresses, sun hats and tops. In 2013, she launched a collection of reversible overalls for boys and girls.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.My workshop is in my home and it's my favorite place to be. I spend hours on end in it, but I would not have it any other way. My husband thinks my space is mess, but I know exactly where everything is (most of the time). In my workshop you'll find lots of bolts of fabric, spools of thread in every imaginable color, and five industrial sewing machines .
What inspires you?What inspires me the most are memories of my own childhood. My mother and I shared many special moments working on craft projects in her home workshop. I grew up with the sound of her industrial machine humming. I remember sitting next to her in the workshop as worked on bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses. I sat next to her chair and we chatted. She taught me how to sew from a very young age. In my late teens, she and I made children's clothes and sold them at a neighborhood flea market in Tampa, Fl. where I grew up. Every time I go into my workshop, I still feel her presence.
What makes your business stand out?I'm probably not the first person to come up with a reversible garment. But I do think the combination of whimsical fabrics with the care I put into construction of each piece makes it unique.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?A bit of practical advice: while maintaining the integrity of your process, try to see how you can infuse some efficiency in your process to keep costs at a point where you can still be profitable.
What does American Made mean to you?Quality craftsmanship first and foremost. I live in New York city and have gotten to know a lot of people in the textile industry who remember the heyday of American textile manufacturing. It's sad to think that the garment district is a ghost of its former self. I know my clothes than more expensive than some retail chain stores, and my role as a designer, maker and seller is to educate the customer is appreciating not only the quality/construction of the clothes but also the ethical dimension of supporting products made in the USA.
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