I started attending the One of a Kind Show a few years back and it’s kind of been a tradition for me ever since. In fact, when I don’t go I feel a little lost and empty! The Spring show is quite short, this year it ran from March 30th – April 3rd. There is a show before Christmas time that runs for 10 or 11 days.
This year I wanted to get to know some of the artisans a bit better.
The first featured product line is Toronto based LoveFresh. I was drawn to their booth because of the simple but modern packaging. I loved all the scents, my favorite being the Japanese Grapefruit lotion – and I’m not even a Grapefruit fan!
From the website:
LoveFresh’s founder Stacey Davis was kind enough to answer a few of my questions:
EA: What/who was it that motivated you to start your business?
Stacey: I love the business; always loved making things (I am a pretty good darn cook if I may say so myself!)
EA: What was the inspiration for your products?
Stacey: Nature, for sure
EA: If you weren’t creating this line of products what would you be doing?
Stacey: I think I would be a potter possibly (I love the whole art of making pottery). I enjoy working with my hands and creating something beautiful. If I can make something that others can enjoy and treasure, that makes me feel happy. I think I might be pretty good at it as well.
EA: What do you think makes your products/line so unique?
Stacey: I think that my products have the content that a consumer is looking for BUT also have simple and elegant packaging that is lacking in most natural lines of products that are offered up on the market.
EA: Can you take me briefly through your creative process?
Stacey: I generally have an idea of something that I am looking for in my daily skincare routine that I either can’t find or that I can find but needs to be tweaked. I had no idea what a perfectionist I was until I started my own business.
EA: Describe what a typical day is like for you.
Stacey: Computer (answering emails etc.) and then off to fill orders. I do a lot of creating on weekends.
EA: What has been the most challenging part of your journey?
Stacey: Juggling my family life
EA: Do you have any advice for others out there looking to pursue their artistic or creative dreams?
Stacy: Go with passion first, make sure you “test” your products on the general public (not just your family…they will not be 100% honest as they do not want to crush you) the general public WILL crush you if it is not something that they like or want. It’s tough to get a consumer to open their pocketbook… it HAS to be something that they are willing to purchase (that’s the difference between a hobby and a business…are people willing to pay for it?)