Every successful person has their fair share of failures under their belt.
Hannah Hill, a 23-year-old fashion designer, pushed through her first major setback and didn’t let an underfunded Kickstarter campaign derail her dreams of creating a nursing-friendly clothing line.
“We learned a lot from it and we were still able to bounce back,” she said.
The Coeur d’Alene native said that throughout the journey to complete her apparel design degree from the University of Texas, she wasn’t sure what specific kind of clothing she wanted to create, but one thing was clear: she wanted to make women feel beautiful, always.
Not yet a mother herself, Hannah is surrounded by women in her family who have children, and she’s watched them struggle to find clothing that suits their needs.
“They all wanted to breastfeed,” she said. “That was really important to them. But they had to sacrifice style or functionality in clothing choice.”
From there, Honeysuckle by Hannah Hill was born.
The honeysuckle flower symbolizes devoted affection, loving embrace, and living a sweet life. Hannah said that’s what she envisions a mother to be: a woman devoting her life to her children, loving them no matter what, and ultimately giving them a sweet life.
The pun of calling nursing-friendly clothing honeysuckle doesn’t always click with people right away, she said, but they realize the double meaning and think it’s cute.
When a Kickstarter campaign for her fashion line didn’t take off in August 2017, Hannah was approached by investors who saw the value in her company — they wouldn’t have known about Honeysuckle if not for seeing the campaign.
The clothing is manufactured in Los Angeles. The biggest reason for that choice, she said, is that she can have her hand in the quality and can control it.
“We’re able to send samples back and forth in a matter of days,” Hannah said. It would be cheaper to manufacture her designs overseas, but now, she can feel the fabrics and see how things are going first-hand.
“I want to make sure people working for me and my designs are being paid enough and working in good conditions,” she said.
The dresses are double-layered and either have invisible zippers or slits to allow for easy nursing access. Her Eleanor top is layered with a low-scooping tank underneath.
Each design is named after a member of her own family. Selections from her upcoming Spring/Easter Mommy and Me line, consisting of women’s and children’s coordinating dresses, are named after her mother.
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