Meet Our Vendor: Adam and The Bear
This August, Adam and The Bear joined us at Magnolia Summerfest and not only did we fall in love with her work but her positive attitude staying way later than everyone else trying to make one more sale. And it worked! Gotta love a woman who manifests her own destiny.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Megan Dortch and I’m the creator and mastermind behind Adam and The Bear, a playful and durable line of children’s handmade clothing. My business is built with sustainability in mind and each piece is handmade, by me. I design the clothing, source responsible fabric, and create pieces I know my own children enjoy wearing with the goal of being comfortable and active while incorporating colorful, fun styles of fabric. No need to sacrifice style for comfort.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I admire artists, I always have. When an artist takes time to thoughtfully create a piece of magic with their hands, well, it catches my attention. Each piece planned, blue-printed, individually designed and made and re-made until it is perfect – what a beautiful process. It’s thoughtful. It tells a story. A product made in this way is worthy of my time and my money. I have grown weary of the mass-produced consumerism brought to us by big box stores with no soul. While I’d like to think others feel the same way about my children’s clothing line, and hopefully come to the event to purchase some of my pieces, I esteem the craft show because I am among artists and creators who inspire me. The soulful and creative. This inspiration sharpens me, helps me improve my craft.
How did you get started in your business?
My interest in fashion began as a child, often putting bold choices together and carving my own way with my own style. No real guidance, just a personal knack of sorts. My first job out of college was at a major fashion company. It was there I noticed the common practice of disposable fashion. I even participated in it myself for years, but something about it didn’t feel right. It hit home even more after having children and finding myself in the endless pool of cheap clothing one acquires with young children these days. To combat this I bought a sewing machine and tried my hand at making clothing for my kids with the goal of creating stylish and higher quality pieces. My circle of friends began to notice, and soon Adam and The Bear was born from this desire to create less pieces of clothing, but at a higher quality made specifically for an active child and with bold mix-and-match colors and styles. I started selling on Etsy, then advanced to an on-line ordering system through my websiteadamandthebear.com. It has been an honor to be invited to local craft shows as a way to get my brand among the artists of my community.
Where do you see your business in 3 years?
My business is my livelihood, it is the foundation of my beliefs about ethically-made fashion, sustainable fabric, and handmade, quality clothing. Three years from now these pillars will still be the foundation of Adam and The Bear, and strengthened as I learn more about my diverse customer group. While currently my business is a company of one, I hope to grow it such that I can consider hiring other like-minded seamstresses, when needed, and expand my offerings beyond my local area. I hope to meet the needs of a demographic who demand more out of the contents of their children’s closets.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
I receive fairly consistent feedback from my customers that they love the bright, whimsical fabrics I select. I take pride in my eye for fashion. I understand there are times a pair of plain, black leggings are called for. However, what if we replaced plain black cotton with navy blue velvet? Or instead of the ubiquitous pink pant, we go with coral and gray stripes? Something different, while also fun and safe. I like operating just outside the mold, and I’m finding my customers appreciate this. I’ve been told my children’s line makes a statement without shouting. I liked that idea.