Among the high glam of L.A. boutiques and cookie-cutter chain stores, Homespun Vintage stands out as a cut above the rest of the kids clothing bunch. Offering both reworked vintage pieces and a “vintage inspired” line, their fabulous mix-and-match looks are great for little ones with big personalities. Homespun Vintage was your Totally Awesome pick for best kids clothing and gear around town and we recently got the chance to chat with its owners Kathlene Linehan and Corrie Sullivan. Read on for what makes Homespun Vintage awesome, how these momrepneurs balance business and parenthood, and more!
Red Tricycle: Congratulations on being voted “Most Awesome” by your community! What do you think your customers value most about your business?
Kathlene Linehan & Corrie Sullivan: We have unique pieces. Vintage is becoming more mainstream and we are one of the first companies to bring vintage to the kids market. There is a bit of nostalgia with our pieces and people connect to that.
RT: What inspired you to start your business?
KL & CS: At the time, when we were both new moms, we loved the idea of repurposing clothes as both a creative outlet and cute pieces for our kids. So we created a tiny line and brought it around to stores. The positive response was overwhelming, so we knew we had something worth building upon.
RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?
KL & CS: With your own business, what you put into it is what you get out of it. For us it was good to have a partnership to keep each other accountable.
RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?
KL & CS: Our biggest hurdle initially was juggling the kids. We would have meetings at playgrounds and play gyms, so the kids were entertained and we could focus on the business. We both get a ton of work done at night once the kids are in bed. You do what you have to do to make it work.
RT: What is your proudest moment as a business owner or parent?
KL & CS: Business “firsts” are always proud moments—the first time we saw our line in a store, on a blog, in a magazine, or on another child (that we didn’t know). It’s all thrilling. But getting an award from Red Tricycle was pretty amazing. As parents, we are proud of ourselves for being examples to our children. As much as we watch what our children will do with the lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours.
RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
KL & CS: Yes! We would like to offer 30% off anything in our store through the end of the year (12/31/13). Just enter REDTRI at checkout.
Photo by Brie Childers: http://briechilders.com