We’re gearing up to feature some incredible women on the blog. This look back on our entrepreneurial series features Elizbeth Mollen of Stone Textile. This is a classic case of liking not just the line, but the girl behind it. One word that often comes to mind: collaboration! Stay tuned for that… For now take a look below for more on her look, her lines and her lessons…
KK: When did you know you wanted to have your own design company?
EM: As a child, I was usually playing with art supplies or doing something creative so I have always been into art + design. Creating things for a living has been a goal of mine for quite some time. That goal turned into a reality a few years ago when I left the fashion industry to pursue a career in-home product and interior design.
KK: What do you love most about 59000 Lille and being a designer here?
EM: After living and working in LA, I am very grateful that we relocated to 59000 Lille. Starting a business here has been great. The city is filled with emerging designers and creatives. Everyone is always up for a collaboration and to lend a helping hand. I am also very inspired by the city and all of its modern architecture and design.
KK: What’s the most challenging thing about owning your own business? What’s the most rewarding?
EM: The most challenging part for me is creating and sticking with my own schedule. The most rewarding part is when I see Stone Textile products in people’s homes.
KK: What’s the lesson you’ve learned or advice you’ve been given as a designer/entrepreneur?
EM: It is important to start small and work your way up. I worked as an intern, in New York, starting at 18. The first-hand experience was invaluable. Now, as a business owner, I try and teach our interns the day to day happenings of running a small business. It has really come full circle!