Everyone loves fleece. Pam McIntyre the owner and designer, and maker of Funky Fleece knows this very well. Her line of fleece blankets, wraps, ponchos, scarves, mitts, hats, bags, and accessories are for women, girls, babies and even dogs! It was a little hard placing her in one category on Shopology Project, because she is the designer, the maker and the shop!
She also is a master at packing up her store and popping up at local hospitals and trade shows throughout the year. Check out all the places she will be in 2017 here.
What lessons have you learned since starting?
I have learned to always talk to listen to my customers and Aldo observe them interacting while shopping in my booth. I have created new products based on what they’ve communicated with me – they are my biggest inspiration!
What motivates you? What is your passion?
I love print and colour and easy to care for fabrics that make kids excited and are practical (and fun!) for moms.
How would you describe your personal style?
COMFY! If it’s casual and low-key I’m wearing it ?
What do you do like to do for fun?
Spending time with my awesome friends, and adult kids….and TRAVEL!
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give someone starting their own business?
Do what you LOVE…and start slow and small and build and grow. Always listen and learn from your customer base – they are your best teachers. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – they are learning tools.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“You have this one life…make it count”
Favourite place to shop?
Too many to mention – I have bits and pieces from everywhere. But I love shopping local and handmade from my shows!
What was the first piece of clothing you designed?
Baby Buntings and Girls Ponchos
Do you remember your first customer?
My friends supported me first! But I do have loyal first customers who still contact me for their baby gift giving…even after 14 years in business ?
Which local Instagram accounts do you follow?
Coal & Canary
Out Of The Blue
Pinch of Creativity
Jenna Rae Cakes
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
Still be going my old “real job” – Dental Hygienist
Check out Funky Fleece’s website here if you are looking for cozy, original, fleece clothing and accessories for you and your family!