Total loan: $6,000
Brooklyn, NY, United States / Clothing
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A loan helped to manufacture big bust friendly shirts for the underserved population of DD+ women, which will allow Exclusively Kristen to grow and add more bust friendly styles.
As a child, I was an avid reader. I loved the American Girls books and wanted an Addy doll. I could have asked my parents to buy the doll for me, but American Girl merchandise is expensive and I didn't want to burden them. Also, I figured that earning it myself would be so much more rewarding. So when I was about 10 years old, my mom and I started a small business making and selling crafts. I was really good at making brooches, so I attended local fairs to sell my designs. I eventually sold enough brooches to purchase my very own Addy doll and I still have it. It holds a lot of significance because it was the first big ticket item that I earned. I moved to New York City in 2012 and was inspired by the entrepreneurial nature of most New Yorkers. Also, New York is the fashion capital so manufacturers, industry insiders, and fabric and trim suppliers are just a convenient subway ride away. So I decided that this was the perfect time to start my dream business. However, growing up in a working class suburb of Cleveland, OH had an impact on how I run my business. I saw first hand the negative consequences of blue collar jobs being relocated overseas. I also witnessed the sometimes exploitative nature of employers towards employees. So I vowed to be in charge of my own economic destiny, source as much as I could from U.S.-based vendors, and create an inclusive, fair, and supportive work environment. My dream is to have at least one Exclusively Kristen brick and mortar store within 10 years. If the store is located in a city that doesn’t have adequate full bust lingerie options, the store will sell DD+ bras as well.