EMILY ANNE BABES
Meet Emily Anne, this UC Grad student turned Entrepreneur is one of our featured vendors this month. Learn more about Emily's adventure to becoming her own boss in her interview with the Westside.
Check meet Emily and other great small business owners July 7th from 10-4PM in Downtown Cheviot.
Business: Emily Anne Babes, Bardot Bow Gallery
Owner: Emily Mayer
Product: Owner, Designer, Stylist, Mom of 4 Babes
Tell us about your business, how did you get started?
I design mom and baby products that are trend right, function well and are made to last. My biggest inspiration is in looking for things I want or need. If I can’t find them, I make them. As a mom with four small children close in age, I wanted an extra large diaper bag that was fully functional but also well made and stylish. That is where it started. I designed an absorbent terry cloth “burp bib” to hug my shoulder that could also be snapped as a bib after we encountered feeding and reflux issues with my daughter. Those are among my first marketed items and they are still popular today. My business evolves as trends and market opportunities change, making way for new items, colors, patterns, and materials. My collection of baby goods include bows, bow ties, diaper bags, pacifier clips, burp bibs and baby bundles - perfect for baby shower gifting. My styling is modern with a charming twist and embroidery personalization adds a sweet touch.
This year I’ve expanded my hair accessories into a line for women called Bardot Bow Gallery. I’m embracing the modern revival of scrunchies and 1960’s retro bows made with silky scarf fabrics as well as classic velvet and high quality grosgrain ribbon. These have a boho-chic vibe and have had a really fun and successful start. This business is quickly developing and Ill be launching a website for it soon.
How long have you been in business?
I graduated from the DAAP program at the University of Cincinnati and began a career in fashion design and product development 12 years ago. I left my full time Product Development Management role about 4 years ago to create my own label.
What is your favorite part of running your own business?
I loved my full time position in product development and really appreciate the growth, travel and overall experience that came with it. I knew it would be hard for me to ‘step away from the action’ and left with high hopes to seek a better balance between family and my career. After my third child was born, I was able to make this dream come to life. I work part time from home so I can enjoy bearing witness to my young children’s growth and still pick up from pre-school. I can work with my hands and creative binge at night and during nap time. I can make the things I never had time for when I was working full-time. I’m truly blessed. Seeing my vision come to life is nothing short of awesome and so fulfilling to me. I love a new project, making my own gifts and styling gifts for others. New challenges and authenticity are big drivers for me.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I’ve always have a creative vision for fashion and styling. Each season I have a new intuition and I seek something with ‘an edge’ — if I can’t find it, I make it. It’s a fun way to self express and mix and match with other things in my closet. That goes for my own closet or for my kids. I do follow trends but I’m careful to keep my designs unique and authentic. I’m also really inspired by textiles. Once I find a fabric that I can’t live without, I find something to make with it. I love color and texture.
What are some of your favorite local businesses?
I don’t get a chance to visit them often because of children in tow, but when I get free time, I love strolling Vine Street downtown - Idle Wild Woman, Elm & Iron and Kismet are among my favorites. I also really like Fern in the College Hill and Fiberge Knits and Bolts in Pleasant Ridge. Exploring small pockets of town have no shortage of inspiration. I could meander for hours.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
My work as a designer and artist is always evolving. I’m currently working with an online retailer for a flash sale. I look forward to working more with other creatives in the city to evolve my marketing and photography. I plan to grow my presence online with specific items and to explore different outlets of distribution. I will continue the custom design and styling portion of my business as well. I hope to own a small studio outside of my home as my children get older.
Where can readers find out more about your work?
I currently have a shop on Etsy: emilyannebabes.etsy.com. I plan to open a new shop for my upscale women’s line of bows and scrunchies - Bardotbowgallery.etsy.com
. Until then, you can check me out on Instagram @bardotbowgallery and purchase these bows through the same website. I share a lot of custom gifts and projects I do on Instagram and Facebook @emilyannebabes. Stay connected for promotional offers and updates.
Come meet Emily on July 7th at the WestSide market in Downtown Cheviot.