“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” -Steve Jobs
2014 was quite a year for us. Our foundation is poured and we’re gearing up for our official launch this March via Kickstarter. We’re so thankful for the dots that were connected this past year and since looking backwards is just as inspiring as looking forward, here are the dots that made our 2014.
- We were accepted as 1 of 10 design companies in the inaugural class of Factory45, an accelerator program for made in the USA designers. I could write multiple blog post about this, so I’ll leave it at we would be NOWHERE close to where we are right now without Shannon Whitehead and all of our amazing classmates that we now call confidants and lifetime friends.
- We launched a brand new website with the help of the amazing Austin-based Emily Belyea Creative. If you’re an entrepreneur needing a minimalistic and functional website, Emily is your girl.
- We met our fiery patternmaker, Iris. She greats us most days with “top of the morning!”, trains at a UFC gym and tries on all of our samples in her Jimmy Choos. We couldn’t be more thankful for being connected to her. I’m looking at you Tara St James.
- Pratt’s new design accelerator space, the BF+DA, opened it’s doors in our very own South Williamsburg. Iris is now working there and we’re hoping to produce our first collection within it’s walls.
- I signed with a new fit modeling agency this year, MSA Model Management. Their management allows me the freedom and space to be able to work on EENVOUD and for that I am so grateful.
- Black Brick Coffee became our unofficial office. The baristas ask us everyday how business is going, with genuine interest. Not to mention… their peanut butter cookies.
- We took a deep breath most weekends on Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island. Compared to many of the other New England islands, Block Island has remained relatively untainted by the ebb and flow of tourism thanks to the Block Island Conservancy. More than 44% (and growing) of the the island is preserved land in perpetuity.
- Lastly, we met so many kindred spirits carving their own paths in the fashion industry – Shannon, Angela, Emily, Heidi, Mikaela, Jenn, Lara, Sharon, Tina, Alexander & Jonathan, Jill, Kristin, Kestrel, Alden, and last, but definitely not least, Jed.
If 2014 was the year of building EENVOUD, 2015 is the year of being it. We can’t wait.