One of my favorite movies is "Pretty Woman". It's the kind of movie that I could watch over and over again and never get sick of it. I know the movie by heart and repeat all the lines while I watch it...which sort of makes me annoying to watch the movie with. One of my favorite parts is in the beginning when the camera follows a guy walking through Hollywood, California. He says "Welcome to Hollywood. What's your dream? Everyone has a dream". In the movie, a girl dreams about being more than who she is, and let's just say that she her wishes come true. There's some prostitution involved but that's not really here nor there.
I'm sort of like that girl (I'm not a prostitute though - not that there's anything wrong with that). I moved to the US with my parents and little sister when I was 8 years old. Skipping past the trials and turbulations of coming to a new country from a war striken homeland and right along to the part when I realized that my parents are working 18-20 hour days just to make their dreams come true. They made sacrifices every single day and worked their butts off to give my sister and I a better life. Of course there were many people along the way who helped us get to those goals. Afterall, it takes a village to raise a child!
It also seems to take a village to build a clothing line! Growing up, I always knew that I wanted my own business and sort of had the idea that I would somehow like to help others in some way. Over the past years, I have worked very hard to take SPUN
from a small eco basics line to what the new collection, Black/Blue
, has become. All the while, I've received a lot of help and support from my friends and family. I have tried to pay it forward every chance I get and have mentored numerous designers, artists and business owners in the US and in other parts of the world. Call it karma, positive energy or whatever, but the feeling of knowing that I have helped someone in their business gives me the will to move forward with SPUN
It's this passion to support others that has driven my decision to open a new boutique, SPUN Sustainable Collective
! More than just a boutique, SPUN Sustainable Collective
is a space that will foster the growth of indie designers and artists. I have carefully selected a handful of individuals who will not only sell their goods in the store but will use the space as their studio and showroom. I will also be moving SPUN's manufacturing in-house and allowing the designer's to also construct their garments in the space. I will continue to design accessible organic pieces but will only produce in small batches, making SPUN
's manufacturing even more sustainable!
We have lots more to share with you in the coming weeks so please become a fan of SPUN on Facebook
so we could update you regularly. I hope that you stop by the store and come say hello to me and my friends. I'd love to show you around and introduce you to the undiscovered talent of our beautiful city.
On behalf of my family and I, thank you for your continued support of SPUN
and for allowing me to live out my dreams each and everyday. I love what I'm doing and excited for what's ahead. But I can't do it without you...so thank you for choosing SPUN