Known for their colorful vinyl handbags, Glittersweet has officially joined Seattle Made, a Seattle Good Business Network initiative to support urban manufacturers and craft producers in the city. Keeping production close to home has always been a top priority for Glittersweet owner Laura Silverstein and in addition to reducing lead times it also helps manage quality control. “The first bags we made were produced in my basement,” says Laura, “Now that the line has grown and sales continue to increase, local manufacturing resources have become vital for the business.”
With sales growing 46% in the first quarter alone, having access to local production facilities was critical for Glittersweet's inventory replenishment. Add to that the impending launch of a new style that will make its debut at the Fashion First Runway Show in September, Glittersweet anticipates a very productive year in 2015. Joining Seattle Made has allowed the company to align with other local businesses who are working to preserve domestic production and sustain urban manufacturing. Other noteworthy fashion brands in the collective include Blackbird, Fioravanti, Freeman, and Kavu.
“Entrepreneurial urban manufacturers like Glittersweet contribute to Seattle’s economic diversity and our cultural vibrancy. These businesses are key to growing living-wage jobs and their creativity are what help keep Seattle Seattle,” says Seattle Good Business Network Co-Director Erin Nelson, “Our goal is to do everything we can to make sure businesses like Laura’s can afford to stay and thrive in Seattle.”
#ShopLocal for Glittersweet products online at www.glittersweet.com or at:
Phinney Books 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103
Terry Ave. Saturday Market 225 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (Sat. 10am-3pm)
The Handmade Showroom located at Pacific Place on Level 3