Sisters Of Nature

Friday, March 28, 2014







One of the places that I am honored to be carrying a selection of my products is Sisters of Nature. Owned and operated by Kimberly Parker, Sisters of Nature, is a mobile boutique based in Nashville. After learning more about Kimberly and her mobile boutique (and following her instagram account) I knew I wanted to share her adorable business and inspiring story. Two facts that I especially love is that, as an artisan herself (she makes beautiful handbags), she is dedicated to offering handmade goods by fellow artisans (no factory made goods here), and that a portion of all proceeds are donated


But without further ado, here is a little q+a with Kimberly.  

1. When did the dream for Sisters of Nature begin? And how long has the boutique officially been open? 

On a hot summer night in 2012 the storm clouds rolled in, lightning struck, and a beautifully renovated mint green vintage camper appeared ready to be a mobile boutique. Ok that’s not how it happened, but it would have been nice. In actuality, in 2012 I had just lost my mother to cancer, fell apart, and then decided I couldn’t do my job anymore.  I realized that creative spirits weren’t meant to be caged up and drowning in paper work everyday. I wanted to come up with a business where I could design and create my handbags, other artisans could have an outlet to share their work as well, and we could somehow be mobile like a food truck. I wasn’t sure if that was even possible, but I wanted to try. I started by selling my work to a local boutique and on Etsy while I was building the foundation of the business and renovating the camper. Then in October of 2013, I spread my wings, took a deep breath and opened the doors. 

2. Were there any particularly scary or challenging aspects of getting Sister's of Nature started? And how did you get through those times? Any advice for others? 

I absolutely LOVE what I’m doing and never want to quit,  however there are definitely challenges. There is a lot of work that goes into building a business on the front in (especially a mobile boutique). I think the scariest thing was the financial investment. I thought that building a mobile boutique would just require getting a vintage camper, painting it, and adding some shelves. Not so! It involved gutting the ENTIRE thing, carpentry work, electrical work, and countless hours of literal “blood, sweat, and tears”. I got through it, because I had a clear vision, believed in my dreams, and surrounded myself with people who did too. When you tell people you are quitting your job to sell stuff out of what they see as a crappy, falling apart camper….you get some weird looks. You have to give lots of explanations and sometimes people who aren’t “dreamers” can’t see what you’re seeing. It’s actual really discouraging when people look at you like your an idiot. I was blessed however to have the best husband ever. My husband was the most amazing cheerleader! I almost quit so many times, but he kept saying he believed in me and kept pushing me along. I had to spend a lot of time in prayer too and trusting that God would take care of us throughout the process. It’s pretty terrifying relying on one income and wondering if you’ll ever get done, and then when you do if it will be successful. 

3. What has been the most rewarding part of this process for you? 

It still never gets old to me every time someone walks in and gasps. They always say “I know you probably hear this all the time, but this is AMAZING!”. I always tell them it doesn’t get old at all because I worked really hard and it’s nice to hear. One of the most rewarding parts though is finally getting to create my handbags and working with really talented people. I spend a lot of time carefully curating a collection of works by indie designers and local makers. When I’m looking at perspective new artists there are lot of “No’s” before I find a “Yes” which means the people I choose are incredibly talented, creative, and original. It really makes me smile when I see the things they come up with. I enjoy seeing our customers appreciate the truly special nature of our non-mass produced goods.  It would definitely be a lot easier if I just went to market and picked up a bunch of stuff that you can find anywhere, but I love being a part of the handmade, artisan community. You just can’t beat the unique quality of their work. 

4. How does Sister's of Nature work? Where can locals of Nashville find you? 

I tweet, instagram, and facebook where we will be each week. I also post new updates, special discounts, and new arrivals on social media as well so customers can see what’s on the menu. And we’re working on an online shop that will be coming soon! Woohoo!

Thanks so much Kimberly for taking the time to share a little more detail about your beautiful shop and journey in getting there! For me personally it really is such an honor to know that my work, and other artisans work is apart of such a beautiful vision. And that camper is just about the sweetest thing I have ever seen! I am sure we will all be looking forward to your online shop! 

25 comments:

  1. Oh, this is really, really lovely. I wish like crazy we had places like this in Norfolk, but you know what? I think with tiny baby steps we're starting to get there. Pop-up shops, food trucks. A new arts district. I have hope. I love her mission and I'm totally not surprised she carries your stuff. Nashville has long been one of my favorite cities, back from the days when my dad was showing sculptures there!

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  2. Thank you for the introduction, Christine! My deepest admiration for their work ethics and mission. There are not enough artists like that in the world.

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  3. Could that camper be any cuter- what an interesting concept. And how brave and motivational!

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  4. Oh this is incredibly gorgeous. What a cool and creative idea!

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  5. What a fantastic venture to be part of Christine! The little caravan is so sigh-worthy and I love the idea of it being nomadic. Can't wait to see what else is in store for you! xx

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  6. Such an amazing entrepreneur with an even more amazing mission -- thank you for sharing! I love the Wizard of Oz-ness of the roaming caravan of goodies :) With J having traveled to India so many times, we're both acutely aware of how much help is needed in that part of the world, and every little effort to empower women and communities to be able to escape poverty is such a good thing. Thank you for sharing Kim's story! xo

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