Artist, Businesswoman, Haberdasher
Founder, Owner, President, King, Queen
Growing up in Naples, FL, Kelly has always been surrounded by bright colors and fancy people. Sometime in her 20s, gushing over Kaffe Fasset books became a daily activity until she finally borrowed a friend’s old machine, took over a tiny pool house, and made her first quilt out of blue and white striped men’s shirts. That’s how she first discovered her love of sewing (and her love of men’s shirts, but that wasn’t actually new!).
Kelly moved to Eugene, OR in October 2009 and began volunteering at MECCA (Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts) where she discovered a plethora of inspiration. Already having an affinity towards the scrappy, Kelly’s craft blossomed into a growing business with the influx of exciting vintage fabrics and other materials.
When the universe kicked her butt out of pursuing therapy as a career, she decided she was allowed to try to make stuff for a living and be happy. One happier person makes a difference in the world and she needed to start with herself.
Like any perfectly timely creative discovery, she happened upon an idea for making bow ties in September of 2011. Everything clicked, and she found bow ties to be the perfect expression of her creativity, as they wonderfully highlight joyous pieces of fabric, give a lot of opportunities for self-expression, and bring playfulness to formal wear.
Kelly designs and makes all of our bow ties, suspenders, and other products in her home studio in Eugene, OR.
Her favorite thing about sewing is the fact that you don’t HAVE to clean up at the end of the day (She would waste lots of money on dried brushes if she was a painter). Often the floor is littered with threads and she LOVES vacuuming them all up with her Dyson. (Not a sponsor, but she will seriously infomercial this vacuum for you if you ask).
She loves business stuff, tools, small manufacturing processes, sewing, fashion, outfit creations, and playing dress up. While she loves wearing bow ties and suspenders, her daily uniform consists of Revivall Overalls and a bandana, preferably one that matches with Milo (see below).
(You guys, she’s also really silly. Like really silly.)
Chief Fun Officer
Milo is a dog. The best dog, in fact, and an important part of the operations around here, so he must be included.
He is a mixed up magical dog (12.5% each of corgi, Aussie cattle dog, Swiss shepherd, border collie, miniature schnauzer, and lab, plus some more random breeds.) He came from Stumptown Pet Rescue, an amazing small (one-person) rescue in Portland, OR that saved him from a kill shelter in New Mexico.
He gives us really silly looks (check out that side eye!) and makes us laugh all day. He also provides excellent ‘cuddle the dog on the floor’ time as well as walk breaks, which are very important for a creative environment.
Milo is a stellar model (when he wants to be). The paper backdrop, lights, and camera set up makes him a little wild, but he’s also just a natural, all the time dropping poses kind of dog.
Addie Mannan Photography
Addie isn’t technically our employee, but she is an essential part of our team. She takes all the fun photos you see allll over our website.
She does have her own business and you could actually hire her too! She is one of the most talented photographers we know and we are super duper blessed to call her a dear friend. Her expertise is in fashion photography, family photos (she is amazing with kids) and travel photography (she photographs for Rick Steve’s tours!).
We have really fun photoshoots playing dress up, laughing and dancing and we think it shows in the photos. Our favorite things are happy people and smiles, and Addie makes that happen and captures it in a photo. She helps people feel comfortable, relaxed, and fun in front of the camera, no small feat.
Browse around our website for examples of her work or check out our Model page for some of our favorites photos of our special models.
You can also find (twice) Addie on Instagram.
@addie_mannan & @amp_portraits
Did we mention how much we love this dog? Because it’s a lot.