Jessica Klein, Boston Interior Designer and owner of Oh, I Design, and I met last summer at a pop-up shop I helped organize at Acote Salon on Newbury Street. Our mutual friend and Boston fashion blogger, Laura Saur of LoSoFancy, kindly introduced us! Shortly after chatting at the event, Jessica and I grabbed breakfast at Thinking Cup . . . I think we chatted for 2 hours! We had so much fun and found great company in one another that we made it a habit to meet at least once a month at the same place. We brainstormed ideas, shared thinking, talked shop and caught up on what was new. It was a great way to keep each other accountable for what we wanted to achieve and accomplish. At the time Jessica had almost lived in Boston for a year and I was looking to grow Bash Studio. On our third date, I shared the idea of creating an every day cloth napkin and I remember feeling her positive energy. I trusted that she thought there was something to this idea . . .
Four months later, an opportunity to have our own creative space to grow our businesses landed up on lap. We moved into our first studio together with Nicole Baas of Nicole Baas Photography. And in that same month I was releasing my first set of Everyday Napkins for the holidays. Now seven months after our first coffee date, Jessica and I are once again sitting together chatting about The Everyday Napkin! Designed, branded and in full production mode!
This blog post means so much to me. Jessica has supported me from Day 1. We are not only studio mates but we are in the process of collaborating on a big project (#shedwellsboston) and have become good friends. I can't thank her enough for believing in The Everyday Napkin and most of all, her friendship.
Read all about our coffee date (and see all the beautiful photos by Joyelle West) on Jessica's blog!