An Interview with Carolyn Bailey

Tell us a little bit about your background such as education, and some personal and professional experience.

 

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My passion for quality clothing and apparel construction drove me to create the business I now own.  Growing up in a rural town across the street from a fabric studio was where I learned quality clothing construction and also where I grew a love for quality fabrics. After gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience in sales, marketing and management as a business woman, this gave me the professional skills to pair with the love I have for quality fabrics and apparel construction to create my company, Treasure Box Kids.

 

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What was the inspiration for Treasure Box Kids – and its title?

The inspiration behind the name “Treasure Box Kids” came from my idea that the clothing my company produces are precious treasures for children. Treasure Box Kids is “Ethically Made, High Quality, Socially Responsible, Children’s Clothing”. My inspiration for the company as a whole is to create quality family heirloom pieces that can be passed down to future generations.

 

What makes Treasure Box Kids unique?

Our product offering contains styles custom made by Treasure Box Kids in the USA, Independent Designers that make their clothing in the United States and also a new line made in Kenya named Little Maisha, that helps to support women economically. What makes Treasure Box Kids unique is that you cannot walk into any department store or online store and find this exact product mix.

 

You sell clothing for girls, girls’ dresses, and birthday dresses. Why these products? Where will the product line expand in the future?

 Treasure Box Kids began with girls clothing because of my preference visually to girls’ clothing. After learning to perfect that niche, it has sparked my desire to expand our lines. Plans are in development currently to include boys clothing as well as to expand the Kenyan line.

 

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What meaning or personal fulfillment does this work bring for you?

Quality, ethically made apparel is my passion. My fulfillment comes from the affirmation that my customers are getting quality outfits as well as the knowledge that the clothing production is not harming anyone but actually helping the economy, the environment and the people producing the apparel.

 

With regard to companies like Trusted Clothes and Treasure Box Kids, what’s the importance of them to you?

I see the two companies goals aligned similarly in regard to excellence in apparel construction and the fair treatment of apparel workers. It is very important to educate the consumer on how apparel is made and also how the people who make our apparel are being treated. The consumer will be more aware and ultimately make better purchasing decisions. Education is the foundation for change and growth in a culture and I see that our two companies can invoke that change.

 

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Any feelings or thoughts in conclusion?

The impact my company, Treasure Box Kids (a for profit corporation) has on the wider community, is the need for ethically and sustainably manufactured clothing. I plan to be at the forefront of the growing need to help produce clothing that has a positive impact on society.

Thank you for your time, Carolyn.

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping and gardening, and runs In-Sight Publishing and In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal.

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