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An interview with Kate Garey – Designer

11 Feb

Just before Christmas, the notonthehighstreet.com catalogue came through my door.  Normally I try to hold back from looking at it too much as there are so many beautiful things in there and I’m easily tempted!!  But as Christmas was coming up, I did take a look.  I saw a few bits in there that I liked the look of, and went online to look at them in more detail.  I’m not sure if Kate Garey’s items were what I originally went online for or if I came across them later, but I came across her site and was really impressed by her range of beautiful, reasonably priced goodies.  I made an order and Christmas was pretty much sorted!

Looking at her website further, I saw that she has featured in many quality magazines and sells stock in shops all over Europe.  I meet so many customers who make lovely craft items, so it was fantastic to see someone who started off small and is still going – and growing – five years on.

Kate with some of her favourite pieces

How did you get started?

I started by accident really.  I have always been arty and crafty, but never really thought to make a career out of it.  I was selling some nice bits on a little online shop I had and wanted to make some felt brooches.  I kept drawing some cute designs and thought they’d look nice on a tote bag.  It escalated from there and I started my brand with a collection of matching totes, wallets and make-up bag… and some felt brooches.

How did you know your brand was going to take off?

People’s happy reactions.  Friends and customers seemed to like my quirky designs and said they made them smile.  Whenever I’m in the press I get lots of emails from new customers saying how pleased they are they found me.  But I still feel it is waiting to take off, to the next level. I’m very excited about the year ahead.

What are your plans for the future of Kate Garey?

I am planning to rebrand slightly.  This year will be my brand’s 5th birthday and as it grows I am growing with it.  I’m planning a more grown up look but still with the quirkiness I’m recognised for.

What advice would you give someone considering self employment?

Take the leap!  I started off with a small personal business loan that I knew wasn’t going to put me at too much risk.  I researched everything I needed to know via the internet and ‘for dummies’ books.  In the beginning I had no experience whatsoever but 5 years on I have never looked back.

Find Kate on  Notonthehighstreet, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, as well as her own website.