I’ve spent the last month, researching, emailing and contacting boutiques. Some are still buying our spring/ summer line but everyone else has been thinking Fall 2016 for sometime now. But with tradeshows all over the country held at different times throughout the year, it’s always difficult to set-up meetings, even with the boutiques that carry us. Recently, Brynn and I finally got around to meeting with our local boutiques, who are always so kind to save some money in their budgets for us!
Prepping for these meetings, I was a bit nervous on what to expect and what to do because of the little experience I have. We started the day at 10 am sharp, car loaded with the new fall collection and ready to receive orders. It was interesting to see how quick the store owners made decisions on their fall orders but they knew what colors and styles work best for their customers. Throughout the day, I noticed which colors from her fall collection, Woodstock and Aquarius (two of my favorites), were the most popular for the season.
Besides seeing the new collection, the boutique owners were able to preview samples of two new featured Fall handbags, the new folder clutch/wristlet and a small side cross body bag with detachable fringe. True to her designer aesthetic, Brynn fused together a current trend favorite like fringe to her functional, smart designs by creating an option of detachable fringe on one of the handbags. I’m excited to see how well these designs do, because I am absolutely obsessed with both of them.
Before the day ended, we decided to visit one of the local Boutiques in Evanston we’ve had our eye on, called Stumble and Relish. We know they have loved our bags for a while now, so we thought we’d check out the store in person while we were out and about.
The boutique was just like we imagined, so cute and put together. We instantly fell in love and was crossing our fingers for a positive reaction. The owners asked us to re-send the line sheets. But what we didn’t expect was after sending them, they decided to invite us to be a part of Sip & Shop Thursday trunk shows in July. We will be the featured designer at Stumble and Relish on Thursday, July 21st from 5-7pm! So if you’re in the area, please stop in to sip on some wine from the local wine shop, Vinic and see our entire summer line and of course, some best sellers!