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founder, Holly Slayton, was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in northern
Virginia. From a young age she was inspired to create; growing up with
her grandmother, an award-winning dressmaker who loved to crochet, and
her entrepreneurial, crafts woman, mother.
Bolstered by her success, Holly, moved to New York to launch her brand, but uncertain of how to go about it, Artikal incubated for a few years while Holly got her New York footing. I met a designer who had his own label and store. We taught each other quite a few things. While he taught me to hand knit I taught him how to use the knitting machine. Holly was inspired by her friend and turned that zeal towards making Artikal a success. I started my own line and selling at boutiques in the East Village. In 2002 I began to master millinery techniques incorporated them in my line. I finally was able to get a workshop space Bolstered by her success Holly ambitiously pursued expanding the reach of Artikal. I taught my self to build a website. My line was carried at more and more boutiques. I built my own online clientele and now I am shipping my hats all over the world.
really excited about the future of my craft. Handmade is
becoming more and more popular, Artikal is being featured in fashion
shows and designer showcases and Ill be doing some great trunk
shows this spring. Holly has been working with other hot young
New York designers to get their craft to the public. She has recently
been featured in the Daily News and has been hosting her own designer
get togethers, Happy Hour Bartique and The Urban Designer Collective,
every month. Look for Artikal to release more millinery innovations
in leather, fur and straw in the up coming season.
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