Today I have the pleasure of featuring Lhen from Belles and Knight! Check out her post below and then, go shop!
What is the name of your shop and how can we find you?
Tell us about what you make/sell in your shop.
Belles and Knight makes handmade vintage sunsuits. More designs will be coming throughout this year, not just sunsuits but it will involve cute shorts, crop tops and boys clothing too.
How/why did you start making these products and open this shop?
I was inspired by my kids, I wanted to make some outfits for them and decided to share them with other mamas who also love dressing up their kids. I have been in business a little over 2 months.
What is your background (college/career/etc.)?
I was actually majoring in nursing, finished all my pre-requisites but I think it’s just not for me.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
I grew up in poverty where sometimes we did not have food to eat, as far as I can remember. I did not have any toys to play with (not even a single one). My dad passed away when I was 10 months old from a hit and run accident. I do remember a story about him - he really wanted to have a baby girl, as soon as I came out, he started working really hard until the accident happened. He was confined in a hospital from august 1985 through February 1986, due to a brain hemorrhage and some other complications. My aunt told me that my dad tried to sneak out of the hospital on my baptism day because he wanted to see me. (Oh my gosh, I’m getting teary eyes while typing this!) To make the story short, my mom had to work hard for me and my older brother. She had to leave us with her sister who was very abusive. I do remember that my mom spoiled my brother a lot, while I didn’t have anything. I could write a novel about my life experience!
How does this company help your family?
This small business helps me to work harder so I can give my kids whatever they need. I want them to have the life that I didn’t have.
Did you ever think you'd be doing this? What did you think you'd be doing instead?
I have a full time job in a property management so this small business is like a hobby that I love to do.
Does anyone help you with your shop?
My husband, he actually chooses the fabric for me to make. When it comes to choosing colors, I’m very plain, I like black and white. He has a good eye.
How do you find time to run your shop and create products?
I cut my fabric at work during my break and sew after work while my oldest babsits the youngest.
What do you love about this businesses?
I really do love it when mamas tag me in a photo of their little one wearing my creations. It’s very humbling.
What is the most challenging part of this business?
Time. It’s hard to find time with 4 kids.
Where do you see your shop in the future?
I want it to be successful so I do not have to work full time, and can just work from home so I can spend more time with my kids.
Tell us your favorite product or your most favorite thing you've created?
I love the Aztec sunsuits, the fabric that my husband chose. They were my first release sunsuits.
Do you have any advice for future mom-entrepreneurs?
WORK YOUR HARDEST. Don’t give up! I didn’t, so why should you? If you give 1000% to something you love, you will have it back 2000%.
What are some of YOUR favorite shops/products, besides your own?
Thanks Lhen, I enjoyed having you!