I am SO excited to share this shop with all of you!!!!!! I just love dressing my babes in patterned leggings and I found the perfect shop for them!! Not only did I find some sweet leggings, but I was also lucky enough to meet the sweetest shop owner ever! Kristi isn’t a mom, but got started by making leggings for her nieces and nephews.
After having success she decided to start Little Acorn Leggings.
I was drawn to her shop because I loved the unique patterns she had to offer! After getting to know her a little bit I wanted to share her story with all of you. I always assume that most “kid shops” are started by moms, so it was pretty cool to meet Kristi and learn more about her! Here is just a glimpse of the lady behind Little Acorn!
What inspired you to create Little Acorn? While I don’t have children of my own, I have 2 nieces and a nephew. My sister dresses my youngest niece and my nephew in so many cute little leggings, moccs, tees, etc…from independent little instagram and etsy shops. Over my spring break from teaching preschool, she asked if I could make her a pair of leggings for them both from a fabric she loved. I hadn’t sewn in years, apart from simple things like curtains, but I definitely knew how! So we gave it a shot on inexpensive fabric, and ta-da! Success! So next up we made the cute print pairs and I instantly wanted to do more. It’s so fun to create and design. So I thought this was a great little business to start here in our small town, since I knew a few mamas and family members who love trendy little clothes for their little ones too!
Tell me a little about yourself. As I already mentioned, I don’t have children of my own yet, but I have 2 nieces, 12 and 3, and a nephew who is 1. I am lucky enough to have a super close relationship with them, that means so much to me. I also have a 2 year old boxer/lab cross Rhemy who is pretty spoiled, so I guess I have a fur baby. I live in Morden, MB which is a very pretty, but small community. I grew up here, but I did spend a few years living elsewhere, including 1 year I spent living in South Africa volunteering at a children’s home there for orphaned or abandoned children. That was a life changing experience and leaving behind the children I had grown to love as my own was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. But I wouldn’t trade that year for anything. I came back to my hometown and started working in the childcare. I worked at the daycare here in town for 8 years, and obtained my Early Childhood Education diploma during that time. Three years ago I was offered a position as Director/teacher of the Preschool. The past 3 years there has been challenging, learning how to take on a leadership role, but impacting children’s lives is always rewarding.
What has been most rewarding/challenging part of starting your own small business? The most rewarding part of starting my own business has definitely been seeing items I have made on children in the community and even beyond! Also having these customers come back for more has been equally as rewarding. While I am still nowhere near as big as some shops out there, I am so happy with the success of Little Acorn. The most challenging thing for me is honestly trying to pick prints to offer! I am so indecisive, and there are sooo many cute options out there, I want to offer them all! So narrowing it down is tricky. But if picking fabrics is my biggest problem, I would say I don’t have much to complain about.
What makes your products unique? I found this one hard to answer. There are so many shops out there selling similar little leggings. All are so cute. I think what makes us all unique is just trying to find prints that nobody else has to offer and try to have our own “style”.
I just LOVE hearing stories about the PEOPLE behind the shops. Knowing who your product came from is so cool to me!
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