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Women Who Inspire: A Series on Creative Entrepreneurs

Arlene Matthews // Kit This

 

Women Who Inspire: A Series on Creative Entrepreneurs // Arlene Matthews from Winifred Grace on Vimeo.

 

Name: Arlene Matthews 
Age: 48
Name of your business: Kit This
What is Kit This?
Kit This is a a duo of consultants, Arlene Matthews and Brandon Frein, who provide services such as personal styling and shopping, editorial guidance as well as creative direction.
When did you start your business?
I went out on my own as an entrepreneur 2000 and we started Kit This in 2012.
How does your work define you?
This may sound cliché, but my work is really my passion. That passion for fashion (lol) has lead me to experience and learn so many different aspects of the industry. And that passion runs deep... At the completion of almost all of my projects, I'm filled with so much gratitude that I cannot wait to start the next project.

At the start, the biggest challenge was keeping the faith.  Now, 15 years into it, I look at my challenges as opportunities and know that 'there is a better way'. Crazy I know, it helps keep me sane!!
 

Arlene wears our silver star studs.

Film produced by Bradley Murray at Square56Pro. Our thanks to everyone who participated!

 

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Women Who Inspire: A Series on Creative Entrepreneurs

Women Who Inspire: A Series on Creative Entrepreneurs

I am SUPER excited to announce a new series to Winifred Grace, Women Who Inspire: The Creative Entrepreneur. In collaboration with my good friend Bradley Murray from Square 56, we celebrate the many bold and brilliant leaders who have inspired me along my entrepreneurial journey. Some of these women I have known for years, and some I have only just met, but all are people I admire in a profound way for their bravery in pursuit of their dreams. For me, these women embody who I imagine the Winifred Grace customer to be. Here is a look at the first in our series, the irresistibly joyful Molly Kobelt from Field & Florist.

Molly Kobelt / Field & Florist

Women Who Inspire: A Series on Creative Entrepreneurs // Molly Kobelt from Winifred Grace on Vimeo.

Name: Molly Kobelt
Age: 30
Name of your business: Field & Florist
What is Field & Florist?
Field & Florist is a Chicago-based flower farm and florist.  We offer floral arrangement and styling for weddings and special events, as well as wholesale flowers for the floral industry. 
When did you start your business? 
Heidi started the company in 2012 and I joined shortly thereafter in 2013
How does your work define you? 
Field & Florist is very much an expression of my upbringing - I grew up watching my dad, who is a landscape architect, master of his craft and was taught to respect the natural world. My work represents my outlook on life, from the way I eat, cook and entertain and also the way I want to live my life, with a balance of farm life and city life.

Field & Florist also represents my appreciation for beautiful things and being able to create work to punctuate the important moments in people's lives. Sharing the flowers we grow adds another layer of meaning to the designs because we have a deep connection to them. We nurture the plants from seedling stage to bloom and provide our clients with a sustainably grown beautiful product.

As Heidi and I evolve personally, so does Field & Florist. Each year we make changes to better meet the needs of our clients and ourselves for a more balanced and fulfilled life.

Molly wears our 14k gold Hummingbird studs and our Posie Signet Ring in bronze.

Film produced by Bradley Murray at Square56Pro. Our thanks to everyone who participated!

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