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Los Angeles, CA 90012
Q&A WITH MISTY
1. Please give a brief description of your business and services provided.
Hipbone is a small start to a big dream. Cute and fun garter belts, specifically designed for over the knee socks. Because it's time that function and style play together.
If you love over-the-knee & thigh high socks and are tired of the old way of wearing them, stay tuned. We think you're going to love this innovative solution as much as we do.
2. How did you get started?
I've been an avid sock collector for as long as I can remember. When I was little, my sister gave me rainbow striped knee highs and I wore them out so much that my grandmother had to darn them -- and I still have them today!
Socks/stockings have always been an affordable way to make an outfit seem brand new. Although I love the variety of styles out there, I've always found tights to be uncomfortable, so about a decade ago, I switched to wearing garter belts with thigh-high and over the knee socks. Problem was, existing garter belts weren't substantial enough to hold the over the knee socks in their grip and the socks wouldn't stay up alone. The solutions available, such as suspender clips, silicone bands, and single leg garters didn't work well for any good length of time. After years of struggling with companies and ideas about how to make thigh high socks better, I decided instead of trying to recreate the sock wheel (so to speak), I would just find a cute solution so the variety of existing amazing socks out there could still be worn. The Hipbone garter belt utilizes an innovative design, specifically geared for socks and people who intend on wearing them, walking in them, or playing in them all day.
3. Why is Downtown LA, Little Tokyo, and the Arts District community important to you?
Community, in all its forms is incredibly important to me. Downtown LA is the hub of the fashion culture and a great place to start research for my business. Little Tokyo is a vibrant neighborhood, filled with amazing culture, restaurants, and one of the few areas in town where people actually *gasp* walk! Art stimulates our imagination and creativity, inspiring us to do and be greater. Each of these pieces are vital to creating a sustainable community and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
4. As an entrepreneur / business owner, what advice can you give for success to our entrepreneurs?
Anyone can be an entrepreneur. Even you. Yes, you. There isn't a code or a uniform or a way of life or a contract, other than being devoted to an idea and having the patience and stamina to see it through.
It took me years to realize I was "allowed" to call myself an entrepreneur. I always thought that there was a point when I "achieved" that. There will be a point when, hopefully, I'm a money-making entrepreneur, but having a dream and working your ass off to make it happen is no small task. Don't be modest. Do what you love and love what you do and you will get there... eventually.
5. Name one interesting / quirky thing about you and/or your business.
Well, as you might expect, I feel terrible when people find out about my business and I'm not wearing great socks. Fortunately, it's a rare moment when you'll find me without socks, though my recent move to LA and its much warmer climate have me not wearing socks every-so-often!
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