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SugarSky is a company that strives to be different, and we aim to serve everyone who shares this philosophy with us. Caring more about our customers than making a buck, we exist to encourage and empower everyone who comes in contact with our gear - those who design, make, sell, buy, gift, and wear it. Our gear is handmade by highly-skilled and well-paid American sewers, and constructed with fabric printed in the USA. We are thrilled to bring you a headband that is a "made on our soil" good.
Before we release our gear to the world, it is customer-tested by those who share your singular spirit for a good life - one that is well-designed, hand-crafted, colorful, and lived close to nature. We never forget to be thankful. SugarSky is on a never-ending learning curve, and we welcome your feedback. We want you - our loyal customers - to ride shotgun with us as we drive our business forward.
Please stay in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org & follow along at @sugarskyshop.
AN INTERVIEW WITH SUGARSKY'S FOUNDER, SKYLER THOMAS
Q. BEFORE WE GET INTO THE DETAILS OF SUGARSKY, WHAT'S YOUR QUICK BIO?
A. Originally from Mississippi but have traveled all over. Just relocated to Colorado from Mississippi (where I grew up). My husband and I have just completed our tiny house on wheels (@wanderingonwheels if ya wanna see pics!). Construction engineer by degree. Deemed technology geek by many. Believer. Awesome family (my side & my husband's side). Newlywed-ish. Lover of anything outdoors. SUPER PUMPED about how SugarSky is going to encourage and empower others through cool-patterned headwear.
Q: WHY DID YOU START THIS COMPANY?
A: Because this is truly something I'm passionate about. Sounds cliche, right? This is what I have to support that. At the age of 25, I had started a division inside a software company and was holding a Director level position managing a fairly large team. I slowly grew to see that what I thought was my passion was diminishing for many reasons. Leaving all forms of financial security and only a few months after marrying my husband, I up and quit. I needed something more and luckily, my incredible husband empowered me to find that and follow my dreams. I envision an awesome workplace environment, employing people and crafters from right here in the U.S., and us, along with our customers, building an incredible brand. My days can be filled with knowing that others are smiling because of what we're doing and are going to do here at SugarSky... and that's why I started this company.
Q: WHY THE NAME "SUGARSKY"?
A: Sugar is my husband’s first choice nickname for me ("Shug" for short). Sky is a name I have gone by my entire life, so… why not combine the two? Sugar also plays a significant role in how my husband and I reconnected to then soon be married (our first date was snowboarding on Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine). Brian is my (almost) biggest supporter and fan (my Dad falls a very close 2nd). The arrow that is SugarSky’s staple points north symbolizing my biggest fan and the one that I have looked to for guidance the most in starting this business… the Lord. I wanted to build this brand to give back to those that have given me so much.
Q: WHAT DOES SUGARSKY AIM TO REPRESENT?
A: This brand started because I'm a girl who strives to be different - in lots of ways - but my style, attire, and accessories are one of them. There are so many "me's" out there, and this brand aims to support those chicks! We also want this company to make a difference in other people's lives through encouragement and empowerment. We are a company that cares more about our customers than making a buck.
Q: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GO "HANDMADE"? IS IT STRESSFUL HAND MAKING EVERYTHING YOU SELL?
A: Yes and no. We realize that it would be a lot easier to outsource this stuff (to China, etc)... but wouldn't we then be at the mercy of another company to drive our decisions? Also, part of our mission is empowering people. We want to employ and empower those right here in the U.S. Our gear is high quality AND all products are customer tested before released. Hand making everything gives us the capability to listen to our customers, make custom designs/items, and much more! On the flip side, demand for particular items is a constant learning curve, but we guesstimate as best as we can for stock and if not, there's always rush shipping! :)
Q: WHERE DO YOU SEE SUGARSKY GOING? WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
A: That's a good one. And with that I say... our customer decides. So many times there are companies that don't listen to their customers. We want to engage and love our customers and truly take what they have to say to heart. We have the ability to make sketches and ideas come to life on fabrics... and we want to take full advantage of that. With that being said, we are prepared and planning :) We have mapped out our vision of where we would LIKE this company to go, but that's all up to the big man and to the feedback from our customer base. We truly want our consumers to play a large role in driving where we take this business and the things we attempt to conquer next.
Q: ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO SAY IN PARTICULAR TO SOMEONE THAT'S READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH THIS?
A. YOU FREAKING ROCK! I'm not one to read these things either, but hopefully this information has been worthwhile. With that being said, you should subscribe to our newsletter (you get 15% off of your first order if you do so)! Being a person that truly despises emails from large corporations filling up my inbox, we promise to only give you GREAT things if you subscribe (pre-product release information, pre-order capability, cool pics, and much more!). Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. You're helping make our dreams come true! Seriously, feel free to always personally email me skyler [at] sugarskyshop.com with questions, comments, pictures, or just to say hello:) Feel free to leave comments below too!