Meet Our Vendor: Kind Apparel
Say hello to new vendor, Kind Apparel. They make some of their own fabrics from recycled plastic bottles! How cool is that? Enjoy learning more about this eco-friendly business. And be sure to check them out Dec. 1st-3rd at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Have you bought your Preview Night tickets yet? Early bird tickets on sale now!
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Mallory Ottariano and I’m an avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast, which in turn has inspired my handmade clothing business, Kind Apparel. I make adventure-ready wearables, designed to compliment an active lifestyle and infused with color and whimsy.
What is your favorite new product for 2017?
For winter 2017/2018 I’ve just released an awesome hooded fleece dress that’s incredibly cute and cozy and is going to be a staple for these PNW winters It’s solid colored fleece (which is new for me!) but I’ve introduced some fun pops of color by making the side panels stretchy and funky for easier movement I love pockets and am excited that I’ve been able to incorporate these into this dress too!
How did you get started in your business?
I went to art school for design, but when I graduated I wasn’t finding the creativity I needed in my job, so I opened an Etsy shop. In high school (and before) I had gotten really into making eclectic clothing out of reconstructed t-shirts so I began selling some basic skirts and tunics in this style. I would spend my evenings after work in my very primitive “studio”, which was in my parents’ basement storage room at the time, getting my creative energy out and building my Etsy shop. It grew and grew, I got a space outside that storage room, and my craft and style developed and became more refined. Soon, I realized I wanted to be doing this all the time and the numbers I was pulling in were giving it real potential. I built up wholesale a bit, rebranded to a product line that was more inspired by the mountain town I live in and the activities I love, and in early 2015 quit my job as an architectural designer and project manager and became Kind Apparel. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Being my own boss has taught me so much about problem solving, hard decision making, and accountability and I’m so grateful to my customer base for supporting this dream of mine.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
I love everything, but my favorite thing is really my fabric which is constant throughout everything I make. It’s totally custom to my brand because I design all the graphics and patterns printed on my fabrics. Each season I design images, poll my customers on their favorites, and send those to print. The fabric I print on is super special too – it’s made from recycled plastic bottles!
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
The colors and patterns! Everything I make is incredibly colorful, bright and bold and that’s definitely my signature look.
People also love the versatility of my products – you can wear nearly every one of my clothing items for so many different activities which is a much appreciated quality in the mountain towns I sell in.