Monday, November 12, 2012

Spotlight on Mom -- Kerry Lynn Spindler of Kspin Designs


This week, I wanted to introduce you all to Kerry Lynn Spindler of Kspin Designs. Kerry offers an amazing line of unique, high quality couture clothing for children.  I fell in love with her clothing and website, when  is stumbled across it a couple of months ago.
 
"KSpin Designs is dedicated to bringing you the most unique, high quality designs available today. Contrary to what you will find in even the finest retail stores today, each KSpin garment is crafted from the highest quality fabrics to be found anywhere. With most designers now accustomed to designing in quantity, the quality of the clothing is sacrificed. KSpin Designs will not mass produce any of its designs; making each ensemble unique specifically to your child.

Unlike those mass producing retailers, we make certain that all seams are either fully enclosed in a French seam, or are overstitched for added durability to prevent raveling and cleaner lines. We can do this while others can't because our products are hand-crafted, versus constructed via assembly line."


If you have young children, you will definitely have to check out Kerry's online boutique, and see all the handcrafted couture clothing she offers.  Here are just a couple outfits that caught my eye, and would look cute on the girls:




Before you head on over to KSpin Designs to begin your online shopping for high-end couture clothing for your children, please enjoy my Spotlight on Mom interview with Kerry Lynn Spindler below.  And, then head back here on Friday, when I will also a giveaway for a Family Sun Safety Kit and a 10% coupon code just for Inspired by Savannah readers.  

 

Name:  Kerry Lynn Spindler
Company Name/Product/Service: Kspin Designs, Children’s Couture Clothing
Company Location: New York, NY
Company Website: www.kspindesigns.com
Twitter Handle: @kspindesigns
Age of Company: 2 yrs. old
Favorite Inspirational Quotes: “You get what you give in life. The more you give, the more you get in return”
Favorite Book: "Suzanne’s Diary to Nicholas"


Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How many children do you have? 

(Step Children) 3  What are their ages? 17, 19 and 22 Your hobbies? Anything beauty or fashion related. 
Briefly explain your business.  
KSpin Designs, an east coast based children’s couture clothing line, takes an “anti-assembly line” approach when it comes to production. Each garment is specially designed and hand-crafted in the USA by Spindler herself or one of her talented seamstresses. All pieces are made using carefully selected designer fabrics so that each design is unique. KSpin Designs are perfect for events and special occasions.
KSpin Designs serves a dual purpose in its mission. In addition to providing specialty clothing options for boys and girl’s ages 18 months to size 10, KSpin’s collections serve as a platform to raise public awareness for skin cancer. Through Kspin Designs and its awareness foundation, www.PrettyPale.org
How did it come about?
 
Kerry Lynn Spindler, former fashion model and melanoma survivor. Ever since being diagnosed with this deadly disease at the young age of 27, Spindler has made it her mission to raise public awareness for skin cancer. She works to combat the unhealthy perceptions of skincare as promoted by the media by educating children on the importance of sun safety. However, she has done so in quite a unique way: through fashion. 
What is a typical work day like?
If there were 48 hours in a day, Kerry Lynn would need more. Businesswoman, philanthropist and mother can make a day very hectic.  Staying light-hearted and positive keeps it all in prospective.
What has been a struggle while starting up your company? 
The recession was a road block. When the company was founded initially, the intention was to also do home and marine d├ęcor. Ultimately the decision to sharpen the plan to include Kerry Lynn’s knowledge of business, fashion and modeling prevailed and Kspin Designs became a wanted commodity for red carpet, special occasion and heirloom fashions. Kspin has become a niche business that is personalized in every way!   
What did you do in your past work life?
Kerry Lynn has had multiple businesses in the last 20 years. The oldest business being a freight forwarding company on Logan Airport in Boston. 
What have been some of your major successes?
Raising her step children to be great independent kids has been an important milestone for Kerry Lynn In addition; she earned a double Masters Degree just a few short years ago and considers that to be a major success while juggling several businesses and a family.  Kerry Lynn also views her ability to help  raise in excess of $200,000 in the first year of her Melanoma Awareness efforts via her foundation PrettyPale.org another success. 
What have been some of your major challenges?
Time, Money and Human Capital. The same as every growing business.
On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?
Kerry Lynn’s husband has been the biggest motivator in her decisions to continue marching forward. 
What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?
Go to bed at the same time. Talk about the important things during that downtime. Her husband usually falls asleep and she will work next to him. It keeps them close at all times.  Being in the comfort zone of  her husband makes her feel relaxed. 
What is next for your business?
Kspin Designs has been lucky enough to work with celebrity stylists and celebrity moms who want something unique for their clients/children. The company does not exploit these relationships but feels that it may be a matter of time before the public at large is aware of the brand. 
Do you have any advice for other mom entrepreneurs that are starting out and struggling, or are on the fence about starting a business?
Kerry Lynn is a very inspiring person to meet.  She has a lot of energy and enthusiasm and believes there is nothing she can’t do. That being said, her advice would be to NEVER give up. Start small and work hard to grow without the need to spend a ton of money on unnecessary items.  Networking, building relationships and getting qualified employees is key.  Surround yourself with people  

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