“My dog was my inspiration.”
Fanny is a fashion designer from Los Angeles; she has been sewing since she was seven years old. She worked as a custom designer in the film industry. She considers herself incredibly lucky; to work in a artistic field while also creating dog clothing for her ETSY store.
Fanny was inspired to help with all the terrifying COVID-19 news and the lack of masks needed to be safe. She conquered her fear by putting her skills to good use. She started creating masks. She donated the masks to her mail man, to the postal office, to friends and family. Now she felt she was doing something to contribute. She was helping the community by reducing the spread of the disease. The lack of a mask was just increasing this dark side of the pandemic.
April represented over 300 mask she cut and sewed. She was sewing 10 to 12 hours a day. Her winner mask was inspired by a friend was trying to find her on Venmo. When asked what your picture is – she didn’t have one and when she went looking to upload, she picked a picture of her dog. A light bulb idea came to life. Face masks with a doggie tongue.
The face mask became a success every time she went out it made people smile and that changed the mood of what everyone was going through. The more she made the more people wanted her masks. A friend tagged her on NEW-Women’s Business Centers Face Mask Contest on Instagram but it took her over a week to participate because she had closed her Facebook and had to start it all over again.
As the first-place winner for the contest she says she will use the money to buy more materials and invest it back into the business, except for a small portion she will be using to buy a toaster oven. Now that she is staying at home her husband is the one that cooks, and they really need to replace it.
Her message to the other participants is to, “keep doing what you are doing if you really enjoy it because it feels great to help our community in these hard times”.
You can find Fanny’s store at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuicheLaCharlie