There's nothing cooler to me, than someone who has their own unique creative vision... someone willing to take a leap to pursue their vision. Lots of people have good ideas, but it takes real courage & confidence to have the laser-focus to put them into action! So it makes sense then, that I find Sarah Lapp so friggin cool.
Sarah is the owner and designer of Daisy Natives, a t-shirt and accessory brand that she started with little more than a sewing machine and $65 worth of Joann's fabric. Oh, and did I mention she's 23? I don't remember exactly what I was up to at 23 (probably nothing good), but I definitely wasn't building my own empire!
Daisy Natives launched in February of this year, and she's used social media savvy and pure grit to begin carving a name out for herself, in just a few short months. You guys, I'm not kidding, Wildfox better watch their backs...! Keep reading to learn a little bit more about Sarah and her adventures...
1) WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Sarah Lapp and I'm the owner and designer of a little online shop called Daisy Natives. I make tee shirts with quirky phrases on them and the occasional handmade headwrap. Honestly, the name Daisy Natives was kind of random. I remember waking up in the middle of the night with it stuck in my head so I wrote it down. Daisies are my favorite flowers- kind of care free, flowers you'd just pick and stick in your hair, they're bright and unexpectedly beautiful. I think I got the word "Natives" from not wanting to forget where I came from. In this day and age, it's so easy to get caught up in wanting to be someone else because they have a beautiful feed on Instagram. Stick with what you know and your creativity will just come more naturally. I knew I wanted to create a brand around that.
2) WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?
My background is kind of a funny story. After high school, I went to college to become an Art Teacher. My first year in, I knew it wasn't for me. I called my mom and said "Hey! I'm moving back home! I just enrolled in Culinary School in New York!" Sooooo, 5 months later, I had a Baking & Pastry Arts Degree and a full time job at Sugar + Sunshine Bakery as a baker and cake decorator. And that's where I still work today! As you can tell, I've always craved a creative lifestyle so creating a clothing line was the obvious next step. I can't sit still for long I guess. My head is all over the place, all of the time. I have no background in business, fashion, or art, but I can bake you a mean cake and come up with a silly little graphic tee no problem :)
3) WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
I needed an escape from my everyday routine. I was always looking for something (whether it be a headwrap or a casual graphic tee) that didn't exist yet so, I decided to make it myself! Daisy Natives (the creative part of it, anyway) is my way to keep those creative juices flowing. Plus, being my own boss sounded pretty cool too.
4) WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF WHAT YOU DO?
The most challenging part of what I do is definitely the business part of things and giving myself breaks! When I started Daisy Natives, I just wanted to make pretty things and make people smile. Paying taxes or buying a filing cabinet never once crossed my mind so that's been quite an adjustment. I ask a lot of questions and have frequent dance parties alone when I'm feeling frustrated. It solves most of my anxiety. Also, "shutting off" my brain is really difficult. Whether it be coming up with ideas or remembering things I need to get done, I need sleep too. Sometimes, I forget that.
5) WHAT INSPIRES YOU CREATIVELY?
I get inspiration from a lot of things. Anything from hanging out with friends on a Saturday night, staying up really late and making tons of snacks after one too many cocktails, to pop culture, to beautiful Instagram feeds, to what I'm hungry for in that moment, to being newly engaged and super in love. I know you've heard it a thousand times, but there's literally inspiration EVERYWHERE.
6) WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?
In five years, I'd like to be happy, well traveled, living in a cozy little space with my fiancé, Harold, and a dachshund puppy and mayyyyyybe a workspace separate from my bedroom. I honestly have no idea what my future holds but that's what makes it exciting, right?
7) WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Something people might not know about me is, I'm allergic to cold water! I can drink it but, if I go in an un-heated pool or the ocean, I break out in hives. So if you wanna good laugh, throw me in a cold body of water! Also, I have an unhealthy obsession with Taylor Swift.
8) WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT ON THEIR CREATIVE JOURNEY?
I would tell them to just start. You don't need an elaborate plan, you don't need to do research, you don't need to have the best of everything or an already established following. Just start. Learn as you go. Make mistakes. Don't forget to laugh. Make memories. Embrace the humble beginnings. It's more fun that way, anyway :)
Is Sarah not the coolest? I totally have dance parties myself, when I need a mental break. And couldn't agree more with her advice- sometimes you just need to start. You do most of the learning along the way.
Thanks Sarah, for sharing your story and the background of (soon-to-be-household-name) Daisy Natives! See a little more of Sarah's magical world (and buy some awesome tees) in the links below: