How it all started...
Unique & one of a kind
I moved to New York to find a job in the fashion industry. I wanted to make it big. I wanted to work for a big designer brand, like DVF or Marc Jacobs. 10 years of working in this industry, I became a mom and my priorities changed. I wanted to be home with my kid as much as possible. Soon after, Striped Olive was born.
Striped Olive was born when my son was just 6 months old. While he was wearing a STRIPED onesie bumping into whatever he can in his OLIVE printed walker, I learned about Etsy through a friend.
My Etsy site was created. My site was filled with most random set of things I made - "will you be my bridesmaid" cards, knitted scarf, baby blanket,
Thankfully, all three sold.
For 10 years, I made clothes, knitted hats and scarves, did graphics for cards, hand embroidered pillows...it was fun to make, but there was no real passion behind it.
For 10 years, I tried to find a way to run my own business full time. After a full day of work, commuting home, after dinner, cleaning, homework, etc., I spent 1-2 hours, sometimes past midnight designing and sewing. While I loved it, there was something missing.
Then, one night, before going to bed, I saw my friend's instagram post. She's been searching for a doll that was cute and looked asian. She was frustrated - not a single cute Asian doll. And far too many dolls with extremely slanted eyes. So, I started looking online on how to make a doll. I don't even know why I thought to research it. After multiple trial and error, with a help of a woman in Texas, I created my first doll. She's half white, half Korean, she has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.
Since then, I have created dolls of various ethnicity and race, dolls with freckles and glasses, dolls with autism, dolls with birthmarks, dolls with g-tube, dolls with missing limb, dolls for adopted girls, dolls with albinism. All these are posted on my instagram. Be sure to check out my instagram @stripedolive