Today we are excited to welcome Amy from Little Hip Squeaks to the blog to share a little behind-the-scenes of her business! "Little Hip Squeaks is a kids apparel and gift brand that includes simple, well made pieces in bright, fun colors and prints manufactured in small batches in Brooklyn. When LHS started 2 years ago, I was sewing all the items for LHS at my kitchen table, shipping in our small hallway, and editing photos from our bed -- now that our items are manufactured (just a few blocks from our studio space!) my normal day has shifted quite a bit to a more administrative and creative roll; which usually includes getting an enormous coffee before tackling emails from blog partners, customers, wholesale clients and vendors -- my VP works out of Philly, and we usually have a brief meeting over iMessage in the morning over the days agenda, which as of late includes how we're going to tackle the holiday season and what our goals are for the first quarter of 2014 will be." "I spend a few hours each morning shipping packages, mostly to our retail customers, but also direct sales from the website - I have a shipping manager who comes once per week to help me catch up, which is crucial on weeks we've launched a new product or relisted headbands.
I have a really hard time focusing on one task at a time, so I'll usually switch between shipping orders and email for a couple hours, before I take a chunk of the afternoon to work on designing new patterns and preparing seasonal collections, making cutting tickets and tech packs for new product lines, or photograph any new items we're adding to the shop. My production assistant and I will also spend some time in the afternoon working on product samples for future products, we're currently finalizing a long-sleeved dress for winter, a hooded sweatshirt, and layette!" "I'm really inspired by contrasting colors and patterns, and my studio is a huge reflection of that. There's so many little things with fun prints or bright colors that get my mojo going, I have a nook on my wall filled with a commissioned gold metallic "boss" print on white leather paired with a painted wood wall hanging from IAMHOME and a triangle canvas from Perrodin Supply that my 2 year old drew on for me. This little section is my absolutely favorite part of the space.""No matter how hard I try to be organized with supplies, you'll usually find them half-scattered in the places their supposed to be; but I'm lucky to have a lot of hidden storage under our work benches for shipping and packing supplies, and love Poppin desk organizers for invoices and receipts I need to file away." Thanks so much for sharing, Amy! Make sure to pop by Little Hip Squeaks and have a look around! xo.