Meet the Vendor: Butler & Soffield
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Curtis Olsen and I am the owner of Butler & Soffield.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I am currently working on a line of apothecary designed botanical bathroom products as well as expanding my current product line with lotions, soaking salts, and body scrubs.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
In addition to the bath and beauty product lines, I am starting to venture into other mediums. Currently I am developing my own line of ceramic sundries that are definitely in line with my brand and I am very excited about the process!
What was your first memory of making something?
I grew up in a creative household. My mother was a ceramicist and gardner and I worked with her in her studio creating ceramics at age 5.
What is your favorite new product for 2015?
Most definitely is the new concrete shave brush I have just launched! However, the year is still young and I have many things in the works!
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
I live here in Seattle, so won’t be travelling so far.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
That I get to connect with people! I love hearing someone’s story and it is kind of crazy what a bar of soap will bring about. I also get the most honest feedback I can possibly get so this is such an important gauge for me in terms of product development. This is crucial for me because it allows me to adjust things and better my products.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
It would have to by my “Filthy Whore” soap because it holds sentimental value for me. This was the singlular idea that kick-started me down this whole road to where my business is today and it continues to be the top seller (although some of the new children are starting to seriously compete).
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
They smell delicious, they make people smile, and so many people tell me how their skin has positively responded to the soap.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
Not necessarily the best (although pretty high up there), it is certainly the most memorable so far – having to say to a very nice elderly woman that the term “golden shower” may not be the best thing to write on her daughter’s baby shower gift basket… it’s a long story… but she persisted and I finally explained to her what it meant. She thanked the stars that I had prevented an awkward moment for her. I think back often on that moment and sometimes wish I had just done what she said.