I am so excited to share this interview with you today! I “met” Sadie & Jeremy through Twitter last year as they were preparing to launch Tradlands and have been so inspired as I’ve watched the (recently married!) couple grow and refine their business… as someone who lives in button-downs and used to covet my husband’s options, I am thrilled that they are creating solutions for women. Read on to learn a little more about Sadie!
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
My partner and husband, Jeremy, keeps me motivated and laughing every day. He carries what I consider to be the less than fun-filled side of the business – finances, scheduling, and marketing – with tenacity and a smile. He gives me the space to be creative while gently nudging me to stay on task.
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLE ESSENTIALS?
As a girl who went shopping for her wedding attire 3 days before the big day, my style is pretty relaxed. My essentials are well-worn jeans, my gold signet ring, a great button-down, and sunshine.
Our little start-up is growing quickly and we will be looking to hire a team soon. When it comes time to hire employees, I want to create a positive, healthy work environment. That is very important to me. I have had terrible, unhealthy experiences working for other people, as so many have. Something I want for the future of Tradlands is to be a great place to work, where people can grow, learn, and find balance. Although we want to progress as a company, we want to share our success and happiness with a team of people.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?
When I left my desk job to work full-time on Tradlands, it was terrifying. It was also one of the best decisions I’ve made to date. I’ve learned that the things that scare me, when overcome, lead to the most satisfying and important breakthroughs.
Jeremy and I are currently working out of mid-coast Maine while spending time with our family who lives here. We spend time in SF when production is underway. One of the many benefits of owning an online business is the ability to work nomadically.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO SHOP?
While I do most of my shopping in the Tradlands stock room and “borrowing” from my mother’s closet, my favorite San Francisco stores include Reliquary in Hayes Valley and Mill Mercantile in the Mission. Online you can find me shopping at Westerlind and BestMadeCo.
We decided very early on to keep production in the United States. We spent a lot of time researching at our local library for resources and reaching out to friends for guidance. Organizations like SF Made helped us connect with new people and local references. What we have found is an impassioned niche of people who also want to keep manufacturing in the US. It’s a great place to be.
WHY DOES MANUFACTURING IN AMERICA HELP YOUR BUSINESS?
For a small company like ours the best way to ensure a healthy work environment is to keep it in the US. We are making great products and also creating a socially and environmentally responsible workplace. By manufacturing locally we are on hand during our production runs, working closely with our sewers, and looking over each shirt that gets made. It allows us to create products we believe in and comfortably guarantee.
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