Designer of the Week - Willow Tree Boutique

This week get to know Brooke of Willow Tree Boutique. She a precious 2 year old daughter named Jaiden.

See her current eBay auctions: Willow Tree Boutique

JM: When did you get started sewing and creating?

BROOKE: I grew up with creativity surrounding me. My mother and grandmother both have amazing talents when it comes to sewing. I started by making clothing for my dolls out of tissue and tape! My interest in creating clothing grew and I helped produce my first fashion show in high school.

My love for design never left and I decided to study fashion design and merchandising at The Fashion Institute of Technology. I found a passion for creating in one of the most wonderful cities in the world when I was in NYC and spent several years engrossed in the fashion scene there. I enjoy useing different styles and techniques in my designs.

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay?

BROOKE: Before ebay I worked for Levi Strauss and Rebecca Dannenberg Designs. My daughter was born with a condition called craniosynanstosis so I decided to dedicate my time to her and not return to the working world. Once Jaiden turned one and her surgery and recovery were over I started to feel an itch to start creating again. I began by designing clothing for her and when I was exploring ebay I found the wonderful world of boutique designers. I decided that I would start learning about the process and began selling on ebay just over a year ago. Designing for children is the most fulfilling job I have ever had.I am currently working with several boutiques to expand the Willow Tree Clothing Line.

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

BROOKE:"Sweet and Yummy" a pair of appliqué overalls that sold for $69.99. I was thrilled!

JM: How did come up with your name, Willow Tree Boutique ?

BROOKE: I chose the name Willow Tree Boutique as a nod to my upbringing. My parents had a beautiful willow tree in their back yard when I was growing up and it brings warm memories to my heart.

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

BROOKE: I am currently groupless but have been very fortunate to make wonderful friends and acquaintances through ebays boutique community.

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

BROOKE:I do not have a favorite thing that I like to design but I love designing for little girls. My daughter is my inspiration and I am always seeing something that I know I must design for her. When designing for children I feel that you have to be practical about comfort and durability but you are also in a wonderful design realm that allows you to play with color and texture that is not allowed in other areas of fashion. Children are inspiring and I believe that you should design towards that.

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

BROOKE: Through ebay I have acquired a new knowledge of HTML and it is an area that I want to continue to pursue.To me it is like oil on canvas but in a new high tech medium.

JM: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

BROOKE:I have always wanted to travel to Switzerland. It is a majestic country and I love the sound of sipping cocoa while sitting in a chalet on the mountain side.

JM: What other things do you enjoy besides sewing?

BROOKE: I enjoy painting and reading but most of all I love spending time with my family. I have found a pure joy in the sound of my daughters laugh and don't want to miss a moment of her as she is already growing so quickly.

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

BROOKE: would like to extend my gratitude to the owners and moderators of Journal Modiste for asking me to be interviewed for their site. It is a great honor. I would also like to thank my family for their tremendous support and most importantly my husband and best friend Greg who has always and has given me unyielding support in bringing my dream into a reality with Willow Tree Boutique.

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| Thursday, June 5, 2008 3:38 AM | flag
visit if you are interested email and I will send you event details.

Pam-Recent buyer | Sunday, September 2, 2007 10:49 PM | flag
i have the set up at the top and it is soooo awesome! congrats

Cassie | Monday, August 20, 2007 10:57 AM | flag
You are amazing! I know you are going be incredible.

Brooke | Sunday, August 19, 2007 7:22 PM | flag
Thank you to everyone for your kind words! Morgan is amazing I am lucky to have such an incredible modeling team. Brooke

| Friday, August 17, 2007 1:51 PM | flag
Congratulation Brooke! Your designs are beautiful. It's truly an inspiration to see what you have accomplished. Thank you for sharing your talent. Best of luck in the future.. Sarina

| Thursday, August 16, 2007 8:20 AM | flag
COngratulations Brooke. Morgan and I are thrilled to be able to work with you and showcase your amazing talents. Wishing you continued success.... Debra & Morgan

Brooke | Thursday, August 16, 2007 4:14 AM | flag
Everyone has been so supportive, it means so much to me! Brooke

Ashley | Wednesday, August 15, 2007 3:35 PM | flag
Congratulations on being Designer of the Week! I'm very proud of you for Willow Tree and your beautiful, creative designs! Love, ~*Ashley*~

| Wednesday, August 15, 2007 3:15 PM | flag
Brooke, Carol and I loved your interview. We are so proud of your achievements. Love, Sandy and Carol

Brigette | Wednesday, August 15, 2007 3:11 PM | flag
Congratulations! You are truly amazing. I am so happy for you!!! ~Brigette

Doug | Wednesday, August 15, 2007 11:47 AM | flag
Like Kathy, I was going to say, "What happened to the late nights at the studio at the 'Cuse in Slocum Hall??" Oh the memories of you and Kathy there all night long. The vending machines only had so mnay snacks :) GREAT job, awesome designs, and look forward to outfitting our children in the future with Willow designs. Keep on being creative!!

Brooke | Wednesday, August 15, 2007 4:20 AM | flag
A big thanks to my family, friends and customers. Without you guys I would not have the ability to do what I love! Brooke

Lesa | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 11:19 PM | flag
Congratulations on your feature Brooke! I loved seeing some of the sets that I hadn't seen in awhile! You have such amazing talent!!! Lesa:)

Amy - FMB | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 7:03 PM | flag
Brooke - Congratulations on your feature! You WOW me girl! Keep on groovin!

| Tuesday, August 14, 2007 5:49 PM | flag
I am so proud of you ! You have been a joy to watch blossom into a wounderful designer.Mom

Kathleen Rund | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 5:35 PM | flag
Congrats Brooke! All the best on your current designs and future endeavors! You should be so proud of yourself! Good luck!

Amy Staly | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 2:40 PM | flag
Congrats!! This is so amazing and I am so proud of you! I wish you continued success and I will pass this on to my "Mommy" friends! ~Amy

Brooke | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 1:53 PM | flag
Thank you to everyone! You guys are the best! Kathy is right I also went to Syracuse University and LOVED it! Like you have seen below I started very early designing with some "unique" items LOL! Donna just find me a boutique there and I would love to take Willow Tree to London! Cheers-Brooke

Tanya | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 1:36 PM | flag
Congrats Brooke! We are all so proud of you!!! I am reminded of a very fashion forward designer in High School who designed an amazing outfit made from garbage bags. Brooke your unique and innovative desings are amazing, I never had a doubt that you would be a designing genious one day! Congrats again! (I will be passing this on!) :)

Grandma/Nina | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 1:07 PM | flag
Best wishes to you in your new endeavor. We love you lots!

Angela | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 12:24 PM | flag
Awesome designs Brook!I enjoyed reading your interview! Blessings!

Donna | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 12:19 PM | flag
Brooke - you are so talented!! We should get some of your designs to London!! x

Kathy | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 11:34 AM | flag
Congratulations! Wow, I am so impressed with your venture. I love your designs and can't wait to have children so I could have them wear your designs. PS: Why didn't you mention your education at Syracuse University?

Kathy | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 11:32 AM | flag
Congratulations! Wow, I am so impressed with your venture. I love your designs and can't wait to have children so I could have them wear your designs. PS: Why didn't you mention your education at Syracuse University?

Lee Anne | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 7:15 AM | flag
Congrats Brooke! Your designs are so wonderful!

Jenn | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 6:17 AM | flag
Awesome interview Booke! Boutique Cerises is honored to have you as a new member!

Shelley | Tuesday, August 14, 2007 5:51 AM | flag
Brooke, your designs are gorgeous! Congrats on the feature.

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