Friday, June 12, 2009

Etsy Artisan Interview - davieandchiyo

If you need a clutch, this is the shop for you. Confused? Let me quote the shop owners, sisters Fumi and Himi: "Somewhere in the middle of all the chaos of starting a business, both of us fell completely in love with clutches, and now it is as if we were meant to start a purse store all along! The clutches are all designed by the two of us, and carefully handmade. The components - hardware and fabrics - come from all over the place: Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, and Canada. A lot of the fabrics used are one of a kind, taken from vintage kimono and obi from Japan! Not only are they unique, they are just drop dead gorgeous!!" Come and look for yourself:
  • What's the name of your shop?
The name of the shop is Davie & Chiyo. Our Etsy shop is: davieandchiyo

  • What types of products do you sell?
We sell luxury and personalized clutches. We often make customized items for bridesmaids. Our products are make by high quality materials, and through months of experimenting and research, we have truly mastered the art of making a clutch!
  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?
My favourite item in the shop currently would have to be the bow clutches. They are our most recent creation and we are very proud of them!
  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
We have recently been accepted to display our stuff at the local art and fashion market called 'Portobello West'. It is a market that is open once a month, and it is very popular among the locals here in Vancouver. They always have a lot of unique and high quality products and we are very excited to be able to showcase our stuff there! [and their webpage at http://www.davieandchiyo.com]
  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
Well 'over the years' is a bit of an over statement since we have just started our clutch business! But even in the short period that we have been in business, we have worked with a lot of different fabrics, and I have to say our favourite material to work with is dupioni silk. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, it is very easy to work with!


  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
There are two of us involved in Davie & Chiyo right now, my sister Himi and myself, Fumi. Both of us do this part-time. Himi is a stay at home mom of two young children, and I have a part-time job serving at a Japanese tapas bar. Our dream is to be doing Davie & Chiyo full time within the next couple of years!
  • Everyone knows images are important when selling on the internet. What's your procedure for taking photos of your products? Do you have any tips on taking better photographs?
You definitely bring up a good point about the importance of good quality photographs! We definitely struggled in the beginning, playing with lighting and camera settings for hours! But the best tip I can give is to make a light tent. It is essentially a white box with an open front, that has cloth sides where the light can shine through; you place the object inside of the box and the photograph is taken from the front of the box where it is open. We made ours using a cardboard box, following few simple steps that we found online, and the light tent works amazing!

  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
We don't have an online photo storage at the moment, but we do have a blog on our website that follows the major activities of our business. The posts always include photos to keep them interesting!

  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
Hmm, market advice, do you have any for us?? lol. We are still experimenting with different kinds of marketing techniques out there. One tip I do have is to take advantage of the local market. It is a very good place to start, and you'll be surprised to see how many people want to support local products!
  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?
As I mentioned earlier, we have a website with a blog. And our Etsy shop has a lot of information about us in its profile. We are making our website bigger and better everyday, so come and check back on us sometime!



OK, the storybeader's pick! I love the clutches made from the sashes, straight from their father in Japan. Isn't it just dreamy, to think about where these came from, and who might have worn them? They are so beautiful, and just perfect for bridesmaids! What a luxurious gift!

7 comments:

Splendid Little Stars said...

excellent interview! Thanks for sharing!

BeadedTail said...

Those clutches are wonderful! Love the blue one! Great feature!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Awww - their stuff is cute!

TiLT said...

awesome clutches! I have seen their stuff before - very creative & beautiful. And coming from someone who has made clutches with those metal clasps...huge kudos to them - those things are a pain in the butt to make :P

Nancy said...

Love that bow clutch, stunning!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I'm in the market for a new purse...gonna have to check them out!

Dashery Jewelry said...

Super cute bags!

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