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From Artist to Designer: Meet Lara of Factory45

Lara Neece is the artist and founder behind Forest and Fin, a line of apparel that is hand-drawn and screen-printed by Lara herself. She uses eco-friendly, water-based inks, sustainable packaging and natural materials, using the environment as a consistent source of inspiration. Through Factory45, we're working to grow her Etsy sales, launch her own e-commerce […]

From TV Host to Traveling Mom: Meet Angela of Factory45

This a guest post by Angela Tsai, Factory45'er and co-founder of Mamachic. There's a lot that changes when you have a baby. I curse less — at least out loud. I eat better. I scrutinize labels. I forego makeup. I'm alternately more patient with kids, but less patient with other adults. I'm more assertive. I take […]

5 Tips for Turning Challenges into Opportunities: A Case Study

A Story Back in 2013, before Factory45 existed, I started working with an early-stage startup in California. We committed to a one-month sourcing project in which I would help them find organic cotton jersey to create a line of eco-friendly baby clothes. They were ideal clients — focused, organized, driven and ready to move fast. […]