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Made in America by a Mama: Modern Piggy

Made in America by a Mama: Modern Piggy

This week we are lucky enough to have not only one Mama to feature, but two! Becky Young and Camille Lewis are the co-owners and founders of the sweetest little bow company, called Modern Piggy. We love their story of turning a friendship into a growing business and we especially love their decision to make all their products locally. Read below to find out more about this dynamic duo and how they make it all work. :) 

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

Camille and I are friends and neighbors. For years we have shown up to events in the same outfits, eaten at the same restaurants or shopped at the same stores within minutes of each other, among many other random and funny coincidences. We both even graduated from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business on the exact same day, although we didn’t know each other at the time. We both love design, photography and really are inspired by small business. And of course, we both love Diet Coke!

When did you found Modern Piggy and what inspired you to start your business?

Modern Piggy was started in November of 2015. I had invited Camille and her family over for dinner one night and we got talking about how we were both wanting to start a bow business. I had already created a website and picked out a name and Camille had already bought fabrics and leather and started designing the bows. We thought it was so funny that we were both working on a new company without the other person knowing. We decided right then to join together and start the business together. Our talents and expertise really complement each other and within 2 weeks we launched Modern Piggy just in time for the Holiday rush. It was a crazy couple weeks!

 

Why was it important to you to manufacture in the U.S. / Locally?

From the very beginning one of our goals with Modern Piggy was to bless the lives of those around us. Whether it was our own immediate family or other people in our life. We’ve found that by hiring local moms we are able to achieve that goal. All of the women on our team are moms who wanted to earn extra money for their families while still having a flexible schedule to be available for their children when needed. We love being able to offer that to the very talented women on our team!

 

Tell us about what your relationship with your manufacturer looks like.

Like I said, all of the women that help manufacture our bows are very talented and we have a great working relationship with them. We like to think of Modern Piggy as a family and we are so grateful for each person on our team.

What is the best advice you have for other mothers and business owners ?

You are doing better than you think you are! There are so many things required of you as a mother and it’s really easy to get down on yourself for not being able to do it all. Don’t be afraid to simplify, ask for help and hire out tasks to focus on the most important things in your life and the things that inspire you the most.


Tell me about what Modern Piggy has in store for us this summer? What are you most excited about?

We’ve got some collaborations with a few bloggers that we are really excited about. It’s always fun to work with someone else and create a collection you would have never thought of on your own. We are also working on manufacturing and releasing our second dress collection. And our biggest summer plans include new babies for both Camille and I in August! It’s going to be a good summer!

 

Keep up with all things Modern Piggy on their instagram and get 15% off by entering code WELCOME15 at checkout when visiting www.modernpiggy.com  #MadeInAmericaByAMama

 

Made in America by a Mama: Billy Bibs

Made in America by a Mama: Billy Bibs

Hi Kristina! Let's start by telling me your kids names and ages...

Benjamin is 4-years old, Esme is 2-years old, and Ruvim is 4-months old.

What inspired you to start your business?

It was Spring and my daughter started teething. All the bibs I put on her would mess up her pretty outfits and I became frustrated! It got me thinking about the need for a bib that was stylish and would complete the outfit rather than cover it up. Once I realized there was a hole in the market for this product, I got sewing. My husband and I launched the business together.  We had always talked about starting a family business that would help us be financially free from the 9-to-5 grind. Billy Bibs has done this for us.

That is totally the dream! Why was this lifestyle appealing to you guys?

When we had our second child, Esme, we were living in the Pacific Northwest and my husband was working for SpaceX.  He would fly to California for work each week. Leaving me home alone with two kids Monday through Friday. We only got to spend time as a family on the weekends and I felt like my children were missing out on valuable time with their Dad. It was one of the hardest periods of my life. When we launched Billy Bibs we defined a sales goal that would replace his income and allow him to be home full-time. We worked tirelessly towards that goal. The day he was able to quit his job was a huge for our family. Now we work from home together and share in the parenting duties. It is really rewarding.

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Did you always know you wanted to make your products in America?

I feel like there is something special about American made products.  Whenever myself or my seamstresses make bibs we think about the babies that will be wearing them. Everything that we do is made with love with the intention of being passed down.

Tell me about your relationship with your seamstresses.

Most of the seamstresses who we work with are stay-at-home moms who heard we needed an extra hand. It was hard for me to let go of sewing everything myself but I love that they care about the quality of our items as much as I do. We are a close knit family of moms. Their help allows us to hand make each bib with love, even as our demand continues to grows.

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We love that you recruit other Moms to work with you! What advice would you give a fellow Mom thinking about starting her own business?

Price your products correctly! I see so much new shops starting out and working so hard only to get burned out because they are not making a profit. It is hard and scary to raise your prices but it is worth it because you will attract customers who appreciate your product and are willing to pay for it.

What has been the toughest lesson you had to learn so far building your business?

The hardest lesson for me to learn has been to not take negative feedback personally. I don’t get it often but every now and then I will get a customer who is pretty harsh. Over time I have learned to appreciate this unfiltered feedback. It helps me stay focused on the tiny details and guides me as to where I need to make changes to my business. 

Keep up with Kristina and here beautiful bibs here. Use code OLIVIAOCEAN15 at checkout for 15% off your order. 

Read other stories from inspiring #MadeInAmericaMama’s. We suggest our interviews with the Mamas behind Made by Mary  and Milk Snob

Made in America by a Mama: Flynn Skye

Made in America by a Mama: Flynn Skye

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

Hmmm my background is certainly not as a designer. I never went to school. I just got offered an incredible offer and that's how I learned. Learn as you go.

When did you found Flynn Skye and what inspired you to start your business?

My inspiration came from putting food on my kids plate. Sounds grim but it actually is a beautiful story. The brand was built out of my garage roughly four and a half years ago.

Why was it important to you to manufacture in the U.S. / Locally?

It was important for me to know the people that make the clothes. I have to say that keeping it local is not easy. Growth management is made extremely difficult in the U.S. which is why many leave.



Tell us about what your relationship with your manufacturer looks like.

I love them. They are like family to me. I try to show them love so they know that with out them my company doesn't exist. Oh and lots of hugs. 

What is the best advice you have for other mothers and business owners?

Talk to your kids. I tell them when I am proud or when my day was hard. I bring them so they can see what a day is like. I can honestly say my kids are proud of me because they have witnessed every triumph as well as my defeats.

Tell us one thing your followers would be surprised to learn about you?               

I have serious face blindness. It sucks. So hi again :)

Tell me about what Flynn Skye  has in store for us this summer? What are you most excited about?                                                                                                      

I am excited about my swim collaboration with amuse Society. It really turned out rather lovely. I also just love the way the brand is evolving.