Super excited about our third feature in our Orlando Moms Make series where we highlight Orlando “Mompreneurs” who are succeeding at balancing motherhood and their business, specifically in the handmade arts. In this feature, we are taking a look at Carissa’s handmade shop, Little Brave One and learn about what inspired her fabulous creations. Plus, there’s a really fabulous giveaway to boot!
– Introducing Carissa Macedo from Little Brave One! Tell us about the woman behind the shop!
I have always had a serious passion for fashion. When thinking of outfits, every detail from shoes and accessories always come in my vision! I used to create outfits the night before school, sometimes with construction paper and tape if I couldn’t figure out how to sew it! Once I was comfortable with sewing and designing, I would make anything I could think of. I was also very good at delegating, so my mom sewed most of what I designed! Haha! I decided to make my hobby a livelihood, so I went to Colorado State University where I studied Fashion Design and Merchandising. I moved to New York for an internship at Nanette Lepore in my last year of college and basically never left. I loved New York and I loved the company I interned for! After my internship was over, they didn’t hire me immediately. I knew I wanted to work there and I knew I would be a good fit for the company, so I was very persistent. I called and emailed daily. When no one responded (ha) to my communications I wrapped up a vintage shoe that my mom had given me for Christmas. I wrote a note “Just trying to get my foot in the door,” and sent it to Nanette Lepore. I waited about a week and still didn’t hear anything, so I wrapped up the other shoe and added a note “We’d make a great PAIR!” Finally Nanette called, probably so I would stop sending shoes! I ended up getting the job and worked there for 8 years. I worked in production for awhile, then moved into the design department, ran through the city as a factory girl, became sample room manager, and ended my time there as the Head Designer. I loved working there and I am so grateful for the people I met and all the knowledge I gained. I learned more there than I ever did in a classroom!
– What an exciting adventure that I’m sure gave you much inspiration for the items in your shop. What inspired the name, Little Brave One, and what will OMB readers find in there?