Years in Tampa Bay
In general, 20. In business, 2 years.
Creative Director, Artist, CEO
What do you do?
Sewn Apart is an environmentally and socially conscious fashion forward accessory company, whose flagship product is a bowtie. I make new fashions out of old fashions. More specifically, I take unwanted and unloved textiles and transform them into new designs. In addition to bowties, I also like to make tapestries (some of which are centered around difficult conversations such as mass shootings, climate change, etc); quilts; patches; and anything else my creative heart sets its sights on. I like to consider myself an artist activist.
Why do you do it?
Because I know it’s a good idea and a necessary conversation. I get to be creative. An I get the opportunity to do something that matters.
What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)
I actually got started because I was having an impossible time finding a job after I graduated with my masters. The first bowties I made were for my grandfather’s funeral while I was a student, and I continued making them on the side for friends and family for a few years after his death. After almost 100 rejection letters, I decided to start my own business.
What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?
I often hear, “Wow, I had no idea.” When I talk about clothing and textile production and the amount of waste, as well as the fact that there’s virtually no transparency when it comes to the supply chain in these industries.
What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?
It changes. Sometimes, it’s finding the time (I don’t do SA full time yet). Other weeks, it’s getting the sales traction. Some days, it’s finding the right words to convey the message in a timely and digestible manner.
What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?
Just keep going.