This is my very first blog, and I have absolutely no clue how to go about this. What I do know is a hell of a lot of talented people anddd a little bit about design. So, I thought I’d start a weekly blog post featuring designer spotlights, fun color combos, fabulous finds, and a little bit about what we’re up to here at Slightly East.
Before I go about that next Sunday, EVERY “blog help" article I read said that I should give y’all some background info, so here it goes:
On one fateful day in 2008 I met Lynn Seiller, my textile mentor and forever friend, at her shop in Louisville, Kentucky. I know what a lot of you big city folk are thinking, but you should have seen this place! It was chocked full of tent bands and carpets and embroideries and grain bags and kilims and mud cloth… it was a beautiful, explosive, cohesive mess. And so my textile journey began...
A few trips over seas and a college degree later (hey, Colonels!), I moved to Atlanta, learned the inner workings of a showroom, and ended up corporate at my dream company….Jim Thompson. This was where I really learned the fabric trade. (Thank you, JT!) These experiences I have mentioned pretty much set me up for my business, so to be quite honest, it fell together on its own.
I started Slightly East in June 2016 by accident. At the time, I had a friend from overseas call to see if I could help sell a few (200) ikat and suzani pillows that they had leftover from a show here in the states. Sin shipping account and a soul (so sorry Sarah and Jake), I flew seven hundred miles to make packing slaves out of my friends. After successfully transporting the pillows back to Atlanta, I compiled and sent a super simple powerpoint to a few designers. Turns out, a lot of them sold. I thought it was a really great side gig until I started getting inquiries about fabric, not just pillows.
So, I did the logical thing and I booked a test trip to New York City. I’d shoot out a few emails, take some ikat up there, and if it gained interest, I'd make a deal with several sources to sell stateside. My first appointment was with Miles Redd.
Shortly after I took a terribly stupid risk and went full time. It’s been a rollercoaster of hard hits, hustle, and a lot of luck, but finally I have it together! Slightly East opened in our first showroom this past May and is currently partnered with fab independent reps. We also have some exciting things in the works on the production side involving new, original designs (EEK— upholstery weight anyone?!) as well as ready made products.
Typing this story out now I still can’t believe how fortunate I am, and I certainly wouldn’t be able to continue without you and the wonderful spaces you create! So keep rocking and making and reading this blog . Remember, the good stuff comes next Sunday!