Designer of the Week - Hip Clips

This week get to know A.K. Richards of Hip Clips.

She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband and three children, Toby--4, Gabe--2, Lucy--11mos.

See A.K.'s current eBay auctions: Hip Clips and add Hip Clips to your favorite eBay sellers list: Click Here:

JM: Where did you get the idea for Hip Clips, they are so cute and unique?

A.K.: Thank you. A neighbor bought me some small bows on alligator clips and they were one of the few things that stayed in Lucy's hair. I found out how much they cost and decided to make them myself. I struggled with my first bows, it took many tries to figure out the right twists and folds to make them look just right. But, through those trials I saw possibilities in the ribbon and I thought hmm, I bet I could make a butterfly and I did. Then it was a flower and a bee and a ladybug. Friends and family encouraged me to sell my little clips and thus Hip Clips was born.

JM: How did you learn?

A.K.: Practice and lots of it. I'd never worked with ribbon before so I think that gave me an advantage. I just looked at it as a medium like paint or clay and that allowed me to break out of the mold so to speak.

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay and do you sell anywhere else besides eBay?

A.K.:I listed my first auction at the end of June (2006), and boy was I nervous. I had no idea if there would be any interest is these silly little creations of mine. I now sell to a few boutiques and also have a website under construction:

JM: Do you remember the first item you sold on eBay?

A.K.:Yes, it was a dragonfly, it sold for $2.04 (lucky bidder :)

JM: Where did come up with your name?

A.K.: It just seemed to fit the product , and I didn't really have any alternatives in mind.

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

A.K.: I belong to CityGirls. They recruited me. It's small, friendly and filled with a talented group of women.

JM: What are your favorite materials to work with?

A.K.: Grosgrain ribbon for the business, but I love to paint and draw as well.

JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?

A.K.:To sew! I covet all the beautiful boutique clothing and bags that are out there. I think sewing is also a very useful life skill.

JM: Can you tell us about your first job? How much did you earn?

A.K.: Other than babysitting, it was grooming polo ponies. I think I made $5/hr. What's not embarrassing about being 15, covered in horse manure and surrounded by good looking guys? ;-)

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides making great bows?

A.K.:Traveling, being outdoors with family and friends, watching and playing sports, reading a good book and eating an exquisite meal (that I didn't have to cook).

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for the opportunity to share a little about me and Hip Clips!

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A.K. | Saturday, September 30, 2006 4:38 PM | flag
Again, thank you so much, I'm truly flattered.

Janie (Clutterbags) | Saturday, September 30, 2006 7:43 AM | flag
Your Hip Clips are the cutest things!! They are so unique and creative!!

| Friday, September 29, 2006 12:02 PM | flag
Your clips are so original and creative. I am so completely and overwhelmingly envious of your ability to see those "creatures" as you call them in the ribbon! Beautiful work...

A big fan! | Thursday, September 28, 2006 11:00 PM | flag
Ak... your clips are so adorable! and very creative!

pretty*princess*bowtique | Thursday, September 28, 2006 11:02 AM | flag
We have purchased some Hip Clips and LOVE them, can't wait to get more! They are so adorable and unique!

Another Pleased Past Buyer | Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:51 PM | flag
AK's creativity is boundless. Her ability to create such adorable, one of a kind creations that are durable is refreshing. Keep up the great work!

A new fan! | Tuesday, September 26, 2006 2:57 PM | flag
All I can say is awesome to someone that didn't try to reinvent the wheel!With all the bows out there, Your originallity shows so much and they are so so cute too! Good luck to you and I just gotta go check out what you have up right now!

A.K. | Tuesday, September 26, 2006 12:45 PM | flag
Thank you so much everyone, I think I'm honestly blushing.

past buyer | Tuesday, September 26, 2006 10:54 AM | flag
I have some of these hip clips and they are so nicely made! We really like how different they are, too. Congratulations on the feature!

xoxotova | Tuesday, September 26, 2006 10:16 AM | flag
Very cute clips!:)tanya

jane.paige | Tuesday, September 26, 2006 7:52 AM | flag
Your clips are adorable, unique and just too, too cute! You have an admirer in me and I wish you the best of luck!! Your website looks wonderful also!!

pennylane712 | Tuesday, September 26, 2006 6:57 AM | flag
WOW! I am totally stunned. These bows are one of the cutest things that I have seen for a long time. Totally original too! I can't wait to get my hands on them for my own daughter!

Adoring fan | Tuesday, September 26, 2006 5:14 AM | flag
Awesome original designs! Never seen anything quite like them, and I've been on ebay for over 5 years! Your designs are a breath of fresh air! Keep all those lovely creations coming! Can't wait to see what you would have in store for the holidays!

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