Happy Holidays! We are running a week long series of blog posts featuring a few of the 2015 Handmade Holiday Marketvendors. Last year we had a blast over at The Uniun in Union Square and we're thrilled that our future home, the old Inman Square Supermarket is ready for visitors. (Forgive us for not having more done but building a store is like herding cats!)
Today we'd like to introduce you to Katy Westcott of Katrinkles. As knitters and stitchers we are always looking for awesome buttons and notions so when we discovered Katy, we wanted everyone we knew to become fans. Her product line has expanded so much in the past three years and we know you'll love everything.
Tell us about your business name.
Katrinkles (KUH-trinklz) is a silly nickname that my mom called me as a kid. Without putting much thought into it, it eventually became my business name. At first I would kind of cringe when I heard it being used but I've more recently embraced it. Now I feel like it really works with the fun, cutesy line my brand has become and I'm really thankful for it.
When did you decide to launch your business?
I don't think I consciously decided to launch a business, it just kind of happened. <PREVIEWEND>After taking a laser cutting workshop, I began making buttons to adorn my own knits with. I started selling them because people asked me to and Katrinkles was born as a hobby business I worked on in tandem with designing jewelry full time. As it got busier in 2012I started working part time and earlier this year I got so busy with Katrinkles that I started doing it full time. I feel so lucky that it has worked out for me to be able to focus all of my time on something that I love so much!
Where do you source your materials/product?
I make everything myself in my live/work studio. It's important to me that I'm using a material that is plentiful and certified sustainable. I also chose bamboo because of its strength and antibacterial properties.
How do you stay inspired?
Having a dog is so awesome because he's always reminding me that it's time to go outside. Max and I both need fresh air periodically to recharge in our own ways. We especially love the beach year round but are also pretty excited about walks in the woods. I'm also due for an art museum day (without the dog). There are so many great ones around and I always leave feeling so full of inspiration and ideas.
Do you have any advice for other small business owners or would-be-small-business-
It's important to set boundaries for yourself. I take most evenings off to knit on the couch with my family so that I don't lose touch with what's important in my life.
What do you want this holiday season?
I'm most excited to take some time off to do some sewing! I started a coat in November with my Oma that I can't wait to finish after Christmas.
Any exciting things coming up in 2016, business or otherwise?
You'll find Katy and Katrinkles awesomeness on Saturday, December 19th at 1343 Cambridge Street along with 25 other local vendors. We can't wait to show you the new location and introduce you to all these incredible makers! See you on the 19th!