Taigan LOVES supporting the new business people of the design world and we especially love finding exquisite products from a new entrepreneur!
Taigan CEO Elizabeth Nichols has identified a significant shift in the profile of the millennial design entrepreneur – they are starting their own businesses with little to zero business experience directly out of college. Simply put, the idea of working under someone for a number of years and praying each day for a big break in completely unappealing.
This is super relevant for Taigan because it’s these creative minds who are yet to be discovered – they are the elusive Taigan is looking for.
“Today there’s a new class of entrepreneurs in the world of design, fashion and beyond,” said Taigan CEO, Elizabeth Nichols. “College graduates are immediately starting their businesses upon graduation. These risk-loving, young artisans boldly set into business for themselves with barely a moment of ‘real world’ business experience, which likely explains the tremendously creative new designs we’re seeing at tradeshows, runway shows and in pop-up boutiques across the country. Signing these new business people will add a level of uniqueness to our site as we continue to grow and build in the future.”
While Taigan is hunting around the clock for new talent, we carry several millennial entrepreneurs already:
Pollen Arts hand crafted beeswax candles from Flagstaff, AZ
The talented young husband and wife team, Peter and Juwels (they do not believe in using last names), are the founders of Pollen Arts – artfully crafted beeswax candles molded from vintage glass jars and bottles. The free-spirited couple had been competitive skateboarders and fledgling authors, when they came upon the idea to begin Pollen Arts while taking a walk on a beach. In a short while, Pollen Arts has enjoyed considerable success at tradeshows and online. Peter and Juwels make their pieces in the kitchen of a 1975 Winnebago where they now live and travel the country at will.
Harding-Lane Hats hand stitched ball caps from Dedham, MA
Harding-Lane Hats on Taigan was founded by brother and sister Steve and Sarah Gifford, creating unique and fun needlepoint ball caps. They started their business directly out of college, basing it off of Sarah’s childhood hobby of needlepoint. This Massachusetts-based business is now thriving, focused as much on its ability to grow as its donations from sales proceeds to support New England coastal preservation.
Gabrielle Bratton wax casted lace jewelry from Charleston, SC
Gabrielle Bratton is a jewelry designer on Taigan from Charleston, SC, who started her career as a jewelry design major at the University of Georgia. Upon graduation, she entered her metal-cast lace jewelry in the ‘Made in the South’ contest with Garden & Gun Magazine, promptly winning her category. The line enjoyed considerable acclaim as a result, and continues to grow. Gabe’s pride is in her ability to guide her brand and the growth of her business on her terms, designing her pieces in the comfort of her Charleston home.
As more of these passionate creative talents begin businesses, there is an apparent shift to the young small business person creating a new dynamic in the design and fashion landscapes. Taigan prides itself on having hard-to-find merchandise and in order stay in this realm, finding these excited, new talents is a game changer for the internet business. Not only does this potentially indicate a shift in the success of small business entrepreneurs, but more importantly for Taigan, this is an ideal time to be out finding these wonderful talents and showcasing them to the world.