Meet the Vendor: Malagueta
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Rachel Sherman and I manipulate surfaces.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
My latest thing is keeping my waste to a minimum. I have been making tops, wristlets and skirts with yardage fragments. The wristlets are quilted and the tops & skirts are more mosaic-like. I call the later my “pojagis” which are a type of patchwork cloth made in Korea. I very excited about them!
What was your first memory of making something?
When I was in 11th grade my art teacher taught me to embroider. My mother then showed me how to use her sewing machine & I started constructing little velvet envelope bags with lining. I would sew the bags after school and embroider them in class and sell them after class!
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I love meeting my customers!
They always give me wonderful suggestions and on occasion I get some crazy commissions that ends up being an exciting creative adventure.
How did you get started in your business?
I moved to Seattle a few days before September 11th. Prior to my arrival, I had scheduled an interview at Nordstrom’s for an entry level position designing stripes, but that interview was cancelled.
I ended up making books & cards to sell at little gift shops in Seattle, but that was tough. I then stumbled upon VAIN Boutique & Salon. I took some clothing designs to them and asked if they would consider selling pieces similar to what I was showing….they agreed! And malagueta was born!
From there I started selling my clothing in Portland, San Francisco, and LA.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
I have been told that they are made well, unlike anything that they have seen before, and that they are very flattering and feminine.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
It was last year at UCU…..a customer came into my booth telling me that she bought some of my clothing over 10 years ago in Seattle and had been looking for me ever since. She eventually found me on the inter webs and saw that I was coming to Seattle and so she had to come to UCU! It was super touching!
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