BACKSTAGE PASS

HOPE RESTORED
Did you get to see the new items that went live yesterday? I clicked refresh to see them once our Media Editor finished uploading. I was amazed to see it looked better than I could have done.  Proud Mama over...
THE REAL BEHIND THE SCENES
Our new collection was supposed to go live last week. We've been scrambling! Remember the college student I brought on for our photo shoots and editing? I was elated because she'd relieve me from working excess hours. It didn't go as planned. She couldn't...
QUALITY IS HERE TO STAY
Have you noticed the quality of women's clothes isn't what it used to be? This topic is trending on TikTok as influencers are pulling out clothes from 20 years ago, still in good condition. Quality is trending, but it's also here...
SOMETIMES I'M A MODEL
They say when you start a company, you do every role at first. Modeling was one of them, but it quickly became beneficial to have other women model. Today, I don't put myself on the roster intentionally (except for runway,...
BECOME A STYLE EDITOR
When a group of Insiders met in real life. Because of Elegantees, the women who make our clothing are living in dignity and feel their worth. We all want to see more of that in 2024!  Our word for this...
2023 IN REVIEW
​I usually feel thankful when I look back at a year. It helps remind us how far we've come. This year was no different. Twelve months ago it became necessary to make a major change in how we make clothes...
THE HOLIDAYS AND FAITH
We released new arrivals last week, and finally sharing about it today. Anyone else feel like there's too much going on with the holidays? With revenue being less than recent years, I'd like to share how I'm growing personally. I hope that...
BLACK FRIDAY PROMO!
Beautiful makers and models Last Friday, many of you supported us in our immediate needs through the purchase of an e-gift card. It was helpful for us, and we're hoping to continue on the momentum this weekend. Trusting the captain of...
WHEN OUTCOMES ARE BELOW EXPECTATIONS
 Sami is sewing a top that is available next week!   A MOSES MOMENT This week had hard days. It started with meeting our manager in Nepal to hold off on paying bills, and if there's wiggle room there is...
CAN WE SAVE INSTAGRAM?
This photo shows a set from our new waffle knit pieces. We either love or dislike social media, or we go back and forth in how we feel about it. I go back and forth. If it were not for...
CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM
Since today's update is about models, I didn't want to share a photo of any person. Enjoy this peek at the new Winter colors we're bringing in next month!    A customer recently requested size XL models. In just one month, she...
FAITHFUL
It's time to take the next steps. Thanks to an unexpected phone call this week with an Elegantees supporter, I've now got a deadline to get the 501(c)3 registered. She'd like to make a generous donation for the vision to step...
DO NOT BE TIMID
“Even the right decisions could plummet you into anxiety" is something a friend told me. We were speaking about moving into a larger space in Nepal, and with me delegating more. Do not be timid.  Someone replied to last week's...
A NEW SPACE AND CHOOSING HOPE
A NEW SPACE IN NEPAL A new space has been moved into this week. This has been emotional for me. It's large enough to bring in more seamstresses than we've ever had before! With that though, I go back and...
MEETUP IN NASHVILLE
I'm super tired because I stayed up 4 hours past my bedtime two nights in a row. The special occasion was hanging out with Elegantees Insiders. I couldn't sleep with all the fun we had! We gathered in Nashville. Our retreat...
A TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD
I received an email from the Times Square marketing people asking if Elegantees would like a billboard. It wasn't a scam, so I researched the cost. I laughed so hard because it's as high as $50,000 per day. At the same...
WORKING WITH VISION
Did you know that I grew up on a farm in rural Iowa? I was unlikely to make it in the fashion industry in New York City. I didn't have good taste at first, and felt like an impostor. I...
WHAT I DIDN'T DO THIS SUMMER
My kids are back in school! I'm in awe of the quiet in my home office nook. It's been three months without such alone time, and I'm writing the first Friday update of this new season. Can I be honest? My...
THE GARDEN EDIT
  The new designs are the most sweet and feminine ones to date. The Garden Edit has a botanical print, a wispy floral embroidery, whimsical hem details, and a tulip hem skirt.  I also have to share that things in...
YOU MADE IT A SUCCESS!
As we're wrapping up our Buy One, Get One Free event, I have to THANK YOU! We had our best BOGO kickoff in years. Thousands of website visits, many of you shared on social media, with a record number of first-time supporters! ...
REBUILDING IN NEPAL
We could use your help to complete our biggest pivot yet! OUR BIGGEST PIVOT In the past few years, due to COVID and other reasons, our work has felt less impactful than before. Our costs were up 50%, and math...