Thanks for returning to FELIZ for another sale! Tell us what you've been up to since the last sale. Any new projects or products you are excited about?
Of course! I'm psyched to return. Since the last sale, we've introduced some new tie colorways and have a few new candle and soap scents in the mix. We're also been developing a womenswear line and are on track to have a late summer/early fall projected launch date.
How did you get into the world of accessories and apothecary products? What led you to open your own business?
I left my corporate design job 6 years ago to travel and explore new career options. After spending a year abroad, I initially considered moving back to the East Coast (where I went to college), since I new it would be easier to find another design job there. After being offered a teaching position and the chance to pursue a graduate degree in my hometown, I decided to give Houston a try.
Teaching art and design was fun, but I realized that I missed designing. Since I had a day job that offered a bit of flexibility and time off in the summers, I decided I could take a chance and start something new on the side. Even though my background was in womenswear, accessories and apothecary products seemed like an interesting place to start, as I had also often looked to menswear for inspiration and thought that it might be a good opportunity to try designing a different type of product. Now that I've had my company for 4 years, I'm itching to bring womenswear back into the mix.
I always hear about the great creative scene in Houston. What do you love about being based in Houston?
I think it's a great city. The food is amazing, and I love that it still feels small in many ways while also having the arts and culture that a big city is able to offer.
What do you look forward to shopping at FELIZ this sale?
I'm excited to reconnect with vendors I met in the fall, but also pumped to meet many of the new ones. It'll be nice to see what work the Austin-based vendors are producing, since I don't see them in person as often.
You can see more from Kathrine Zeren here. Be sure to swing by her table on May 6th at the Palm Door and pick up something for you and for Dad (Father's Day is in June 17th).