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American Made: Skipper Bags

5 Jan

Spending every summer on the lake has made me have an intense love affair with all things nautical. When I first stumbled across Skipper Bags I was instantly intrigued. These tote bags are perfect for the beach or even everyday use and even better, they are fully made right here in America. The owner, creator director and founder, Jane Abell, was nice enough to chat with me about her company. Be sure to check out her site here, I know you will love it!

Please tell me a little about your company:

We are a Maryland Company committed to keeping our bags made domestically. With the economy in the tank, it just makes sense to us to keep a few jobs here…every little bit helps! We are not a huge corporation, or a spin-off of another large company-I am the the president as well as creative designer and founder of the company.

Why did you decide to keep everything made right here in America?

It was interesting; when I first embarked on this fun adventure, and needed to grow, I found that many of the manufacturers in the US really just wanted to be the go-between for a big deal in China. We hit a lot of dead ends before finding a small family run sewing company right here in Maryland (Baltimore). Yes, we could have had them made in mass quantity overseas for 1/3 of the price, but this was a decision that just felt like the right thing to do.

How did your company come to be?

Necessity drives invention: It all started with a bag I made for myself, then more for a few friends, and it went from there! I spent my earliest years growing up in the Bahamas (George Town, Exuma), as did my husband- and since we still have family there we still go back frequently. As avid boaters and beach goers, and also the mom of 3 young boys, I have lugged many a different beach bag loaded to the brim….but they just weren’t all that cute or practical enough! I also wanted something that was packable or versatile enough to travel with, or in the case of the medium tote: It makes a great diaper bag or about-town tote! I also wanted something that would last-sun and salt water are good for the soul, but wreak havoc on most fabrics and metals. This is why we use marine grade fabrics finishings. My personal style reflects my upbringing, and I adore anything nautical or coastal-inspired; hence our tag line of “Inspired by the Sea…”

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Thanks so much Jane for chatting with me, I really appreciate it!

Falling for Autumn: Day 4

6 Oct

If there is one thing that is synonymous with fall, it is football. Tailgating, beers and cookouts. Dressing up, school spirit and the feeling of winning. Is there really anything better? Well I guess, yes. The outfits. Whether you are from the south and are able to wear cute dresses or from the north and sport your school’s jersey with a long sleeve t under it..fashion is always a concern.

If you remember my post from a little while ago, I may or may not have discovered the secret to adorable collegiate clothing. Enter School House. If you ever wished for cute and affordable clothing..this is your answer. Not to mention Rachel Weeks, the founder, is super adorable. She saw the need and went for it and I can personally say..I am glad. School House is ever expanding so make sure you take a jump over to their site and order apparel for your school!

The clothing is high quality, unlike anything I have ever seen and amazingly 100% made right here in America.


Super cute. Super comfy. You won’t regret the purchase ūüôā

Things that make me happy today:

1. Thursday’s are quickly becoming my favorite day

2. Perfect fall weather

3. Any show on the CW

American Made: School House

22 Sep

I super excited for the second installment of my American Made Series. I find it very awesome when companies try hard to keep their products produced fully in the states. It makes me want to support their products knowing that all the money is being spread out amongst my neighbors, coworkers and peers.

With the month of September finally here, School House was an obvious choice. Have you ever walked into your College bookstore to try to find something cute with your college logo only to find that most options are unisex? Well School House is your solution. They make super cute clothes that you can wear to the gym, library, class, roaming around campus and even to that big game coming up.

 

The founder of School House is Rachel Weeks. She is awesome, sweet, creative and very driven. I had the fantastic opportunity to ask Rachel a few questions for this series to learn a little more about her and the company. Be sure to check out the website and buy some really cute clothing. You are sure to be the envy of everyone on campus!

Here is a little bit about Rachel from School House:

“A feminist, Fulbright scholar, social entrepreneur, woman executive, fashionista, and Duke alum, Rachel Weeks is more than just the founder of School House, but our resident expert on everything from entrepreneurship to ethical manufacturing. A 27-year old Greensboro, NC, native, Rachel is as personable as she is passionate. When she‚Äôs not concepting our next collection or on the road pitching a new university relationship, she‚Äôd be more than happy to speak with you.”

How did you come up with the idea for your brand?

Walking around the Duke Bookstore as an undergraduate, I always felt that there was a lack of interesting, fashion driven, trend right clothing – especially for girls.¬† I’ve also always had a passion for feminism and ways that we can use “the power of the purse” to support economic opportunities for women all over the world.¬† The college market seemed like the perfect place to combine fashion and fair labor!¬†

Do you have a favorite piece from your collection?

I live in our yoga pants.  But our new hot pink cardigans for Yale and the University of Nevada Las Vegas are the cutest things to ever happen to cotton.

 

Who (if anyone) has influenced you the most?

In my personal life, my sister Holly has always been my hero and, essentially, my life coach.¬† I don’t know what I’d do without her, and she inspires me to be a better person.¬† In business and fashion, my heroes range from Steve Jobs to Marc Jacobs.¬† I value creativity, innovation, and market savvy above all else.

Where do you see your brand going in the future?

I see School House becoming a collegiate lifestyle brand that embodies the American university experience and the best of Made in USA craftsmanship.¬† One dream I have is an NYC flagship store + bar where we can sell all of our university collections in one place.¬† Can’t wait!

What is your favorite thing to do on your days off?

Flea markets, but I don’t go nearly enough!

Do you have a favorite college memory?

Hosting 1950s-themed cocktail parties for all my friends.¬† But I loved everything about college–musing on art history in a Red Bull-induced haze, the fake money that was my student ID, and figuring out my place in the world.¬† Those were the days!

 

 

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I hope you all enjoyed learning more about Rachel and her awesome company. Be sure to check out their site and their blog for more information!

P.S. School House is offering all Sprinkles on Everything readers a special 15% off your order when you use the code “SPRINKLES+SH” at check out. The code is good through October 31st so get shopping!!

P.P.S. Be sure to check back soon for some more exciting information on School House!

American Made: Tipsy Skipper

28 Jun

I am so excited to introduce all of you to a fantastic brand, Tipsy Skipper. This brand has been on my radar for some time and I can’t believe I am only now talking about it. It was an obvious choice¬†for my first installment of a new series “American Made”. I think it is super awesome when companies¬†work hard to have 100% American¬†Made products and¬†Tipsy Skipper¬†does just that. So cool!

Tipsy Skipper was started by Kearsley Lloyd who just so happens to be a descendant of the infamous Captain Morgan (yes, it was a real person!). Like me, Kearsley loves anything to do with water, sailing, summer and just generally enjoying life. She was able to launch her own company after gaining experience at both Lilly Pulitzer AND Vineyard Vines. Hello, insanely jealous. The patterns she designs are super cute and fun. So much so that it is hard to choose a favorite! Ms. Tipsy Skipper herself was nice enough to answer a few questions for me so you all can get to know the woman behind the brand a little better. Be sure to head on over to her website and get ready to check out some truly amazing designs!

Without further ado:

Kearsley Lloyd of Tipsy Skipper

Where does the name “Tipsy Skipper” come from?

Tipsy Skipper

 

Which Tipsy Skipper pattern is your favorite?

Yikes! That’s the toughest question you could ask me! Choosing between my designs is like choosing between children! I would have to say that I’m in love with Starboard Tack.

 The Captain Morgan Clutch in starboard Tack. (I think this just might be my favorite print too!)

 Who (if anyone) has influenced you the most?

There are two people that influenced my art and design early on. I was fortunate to work with two very creative artists between the ages of 6-12. They introduced me to working with different media, and even cultural influences, and taught me to think in a new way. One teacher was traditional; the other was more eclectic and multicultural.

 

Where do you see your brand going in the future?

I’m a one-day-at-a-time kind of person; I’m going to let Tipsy Skipper decide. All I can tell you is I’ll be at my next trunk show event on July 6 haha! I’m having a lot of fun, and that’s how I’d like it to stay!

 

¬†What is your favorite drink to get “tipsy” on?

My favorite drink is the Tipsy Skipper cocktail! The great folks at Gosling’s Rum have created a custom Tipsy Skipper cocktail! I just filmed a quick video today – a ‘how to’ which will be up on the facebook page within the next week http://www.facebook.com/tipsyskipper¬†While the name is obvious, a Tipsy Skipper knows the difference between ‘Tipsy’ and too much! Drink responsibly, and always fashionably!

 

I hope you all enjoyed learning about Tipsy Skipper. I do hope you will hop on over to the site and say hi!

Thanks Kearsley for everything!

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