Designer of the Week - Lilliputians

 

This week get to know Heather of Liliputians. She's from the New York City and has one adorable daughter Lily.

JM: What inspired your business name?

HEATHER: People always ask, Where did the name liliputians come from? That, and how to say it. Well, liliputians was chosen for a couple of reasons. First of all, I love the play on words with my daughter Lilys name kind of being hidden inside. That only makes sense, as she is the inspiration for the brand. Liliput also was a familiar childhood place, as Gullivers Travels was one of my favorite stories. I loved the part of the story where Gulliver wakes up on the beach surrounded by all the little liliputians. Lastly, the name liliputians has a history both in NYC and in childrens fashions. In 1879, Liliputian Bazaar was at 60 West 23rd Street in NYC. It was a leading fashion house and specialized in fine childrens wear. Oh, and I almost forgot! Liliputians is said like this (lill-uh-pyoo-shuns).

JM: What kinds of things do you make to sell?

HEATHER: The liliputians boutique is filled with a very extensive line of clothing for boys and girls in sizes 6m through size 8. The liliputians line of birthday outfits, applique birthday shirts and birthday dresses is the most popular although I also offer a large offering of fun and unique clothes for everyday and holidays . . . unbirthdays if you will. :-) I also make hair flowers, barrettes, and even art inspired mother daughter sets.

JM: Where do you sell your designs?

HEATHER: Liliputians designs are sold on the liliputians web site - www.liliputians-nyc.com/store/ - at about 2 dozen other online boutiques, etsy, and another dozen or so brick and mortar boutiques in the US, Europe, Lebanon, and Japan. The response to my line in Japan has been tremendous. One of my designs, the cupcake polka dot birthday dress in pink & brown, was on the June cover of FAMILY WALKER, a big weekly Japanese magazine much along the lines of TIME OUT.

JM: When did the crafting bug first hit you?

HEATHER: I learned how to sew and do needlepoint at a young age and have always been an artist (thanks mom!). I designed and hand beaded my senior prom dress. I have also always enjoyed doing decoupage (now in fabric vs. paper). In college and during grad school I took pottery and drawing classes and my degrees are both in Art History. I love how I've been able to bring these life long interests together into a thriving childrens clothing business.

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

HEATHER: I would love to have the free time and space to resume with learning pottery. Life is long though and I'm sure some day I will pick back up with training in pottery. Although right now I'm in love with my studio, sewing and serger machines and never ending fabric bolts and trim spools.

JM: What do you enjoy doing when away from crafting?

HEATHER: I am a workaholic so I am in my studio designing and sewing most of the time. It's a full time job and them some. When I do take a break I can be found riding my bike, restoring our 1905 house, gardening, relaxing on the beach, jogging or doing yoga.

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

HEATHER: I feel so lucky to have found a way to work from home doing something I love, to not miss a minute of Lily's fleeting childhood, and to have such a supportive husband who has always believed in me along with my business and its potential.

Please visit her Journal Modiste profile page to find out more about her!











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