Best Advice I’ve Been Given :: Chie from Vivat Veritas

by Admin on 03/05/2013

in Guest Editors 2013, Resources

During most of 2013, will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy!

Introducing Destri from The Mother Huddle :: The theme for this month is Advice For Starting and Growing a Creative Business :: Stop listening to the advice of those that say it can’t be done, and seek the advice of those who are successfully doing what you want to do.

Destri :: The Mother Huddle

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I am so pleased to introduce you to Chie from Vivat Veritas. I stumbled upon her beautiful shop by a chance google search one day. After reading her about page and where her creative business started I knew I had to include her in the series. She is a great example of how a simple interest can blossom into a thriving business.

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About Chie and Vivat Veritas

Currently I live in Tokyo, I started my clothing line, “Vivat Veritas” on my dining table with a borrowed sewing machine in 2008. After graduating from college and being newly married in Philadelphia, I was looking for a new hobby. Around that time, I serendipitously had a need for new pillow cases and it led to sewing clothes. I became self-taught using youtube clips, books from the library and a bunch of magazines. I hand make pieces for women who have a hard time finding unique pieces in the world of fast fashion. I like to describe my style as a mixture of feminine, classy with a bit of a retro feel.

“Vivat Veritas” means “Let the Truth Prevail” in Latin. The VV motto was taken from a tattoo my husband has on his arm.

Best Advice I’ve Received 

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The best advice I have received to date came from a Korean pharmacist. He is a family friend and have had lots of time to get to know one another. One night recently we were talking about our respective businesses. He proceeded to talk about the value of experience. I know it’s talked about a lot but it seems recently the “just do it” mentality has taken front place. As we were talking, my friend laid out what he thought were the essentials to success in entrepreneurial ventures.

He told me, first you have to know the business. By that he meant, you need to know all the different and diverse facets of the business. Making a successful business is dependent on you being able to do all facets not just the things you like.

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Secondly, he said that success requires the owner to know what daily operations look like. For the fashion world it is easy to get caught up in runway shows, but in reality that is an event that happens sporadically throughout the year. The other 360 days a year is work. You’ll never get to a show if you can’t make the daily grind work well.

Thirdly you need time in your industry, to know what you don’t know. It’s great to have a plan but until you’ve been in the thick of it first hand you have no reference point for what things should be happening, what things should have happened and what things should happen. Experience is king!

A big thank you to Chie for stopping by today and sharing her wisdom with us. You can find her beautiful clothing at Vivat Veritas and more inspiration on her blog.

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1 amy @amy+mayd May 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Thank you for the tips, there is a definite focus on “just do it” these days and I think most entrepreneurial ventures really need the longevity to be successful. Thanks for the article!


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