HG: How did K. Slademade originally start? Were you always doing your gorgeous clutches, or has your business evolved into the beautiful bags you're most known for?
KSM: After a year of a standard 9-5, and hating every minute, I began brainstorming ways to marry my love for fashion and owning my own business. Something that would allow me to leave the corporate world and give me the freedom and flexibility to create and grow my passion along the way. And thus, K.slademade was born. It's definitely been an evolution and I'm excited about what this next season holds for us! I hope to continue to grow and evolve over the years.
HG: Take me through a typical day at K. Slademade.....
KSM: My mornings start with 2 cups of coffee in the living room while me and my over-sized Chocolate Lab check emails, catch up on our favorite blogs, and make a "What to Accomplish Today" list. The rest of the day just depends; sometimes its meetings, other days I'm designing and dreaming up new products, and other days I find myself behind the sewing machine all day!
HG: Out of all the pretty things you've ever made, what is your favorite?
HG: Do you own one of everything you make?? Every time you come out with something new I think "Ooh, I *need* that!" and "pin it" on my Wishlist board. If not, how do you resist?
KSM: You know, I tend to have a pretty classic wardrobe which doesn't lend itself very well to some of the neon colors. So no, I'd say I stick with the browns, and neutrals, and pastel colors. Every now and then I get an itch for something crazy bright and fun, though.
HG: What is your favorite color? Do you find yourself incorporating that color into a lot of your designs?
KSM:Of course I love to stay up on the latest trends, but truthfully, the classic heritage of the United States is so intriguing and inspiring to me. We're looking forward to seeing more of a classic Americana influence in our upcoming product line.
HG: Do you have any employees or is it a one-woman show?
KSM: One of my very talented and gorgeous sister's actually just joined the K.slademade team in the last couple of months. She's amazing and has been so helpful keeping me on track, she's great at everything!
KSM: I'm thankful for a husband who is so supportive of my work but also really encourages downtime. We find ourselves escaping to a lake house in the woods away from everything or we just enjoy being at home, turning off our electronic devices for the weekend, and lounging around the house with our sweet Lab.HG: What do you do to unplug after a busy work week?
HG: Any advice for someone thinking of starting their own business?
KSM: You should love this idea so much that it consumes your thoughts. You lay your head down at night and wake up each morning and obsess over it. You should be passionate about it and believe fully in yourself because if you don't believe in you then no one else will. Be brave, take risks and work hard, work very hard. If you believe in something and work hard at it, nothing is beyond your reach!
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