So, first let’s hear from Anne herself about her brand…
1. Tell me about Anne Cate. How did you get started?
Designing, sewing, and creating have been apart of my life for as long as I can remember; I started my first small business when I was 13 on Etsy, selling canvas purses and hot melt glue gunned jewelry. It wasn’t much, but I loved the thrill of running a business, with a passion for creating at the foundation of it. Running my small little Etsy store was the most exciting adventure; so exciting, that I pursued a degree in fashion merchandising and entrepreneurship at Kent State University in hopes of living out a dream of running my own business one day. Fast forward to my sophomore year of college; I was redecorating my dorm room and created some “cute” throw pillows of my favorite city skylines. My mom shared my handmade skyline silhouette pillows on her Facebook and everyone could not stop talking about them and requesting orders. I began prototyping and testing the product out on my Etsy; one thing led to another and before I knew it, I had a major retailer selling my skyline products! One skyline design led to now 70 different city skyline designs and major product expansion. This glimpse of success was a dream come true and one that encouraged me to transform my 13 year old Etsy store into a strong, simple, meaningful, and quality brand: Anne Cate.
Founded in 2016, the Anne Cate skyline collection, which now features 70+ hand designed skylines, animates your adventures of cities around the word! At Anne Cate, we believe there is beauty in simplicity. Each of our unique and classic skyline designs is ensured to bring out the best meanings, memories, and moments from your favorite city. All products are completely handmade in small batches in Cleveland using sustainable and quality materials, all sourced in the US. Quality and community are most important to us. Every product is more than just a purse or pillow: it is a story.
I was lucky to be a student-entrepreneur at Kent State (as everything I learned I applied directly to my business), but since graduating I was ever more fortunate to have the opportunity to work on Anne Cate full time out of college. Being able to pursue my dream so young in my career has been rewarding and exciting. I am so grateful for the endless support, specifically from the Cleveland community, who has believed and encouraged me every step of the way. We are growing steadily and have exciting things to come in 2019!
2. What are some of your most popular items?
Our most popular item by far is the Skyline Mini Purse.
Simple, practical, and only $10. The mini purse is wonderful to hold all the loose ends in a big tote; loose coins, credit cards, lipsticks, or cash fit perfectly in the mini. Not only is it a popular choice, it makes a great gift too. Throw in a gift card and transform your unexciting gift card to a meaningful and unique gift!
Our Skyline Wristlet ($25) is also a best seller. The wristlet is a great clutch purse and night-on-the-town purse. Lined and made with a padded interfacing, the wristlet holds great structure! Throw in your ID, phone, and lipstick and make the most of your night out, while representing the city that has your heart.
Our post popular city? Of course Cleveland! As we are Cleveland raised and Cleveland based, our humble skyline speaks for itself; there is so much beauty and strength in simplicity!
3. Where can we buy Anne Cate products?
Anne Cate is an online accessories boutique and you can find our largest assortment, with all 70 different skylines at: www.annecate.com.
We are so lucky and in love to be selling in some wonderful boutiques around the Cleveland area as well.
4. Tell me your Cleveland story. What do you love about the city? Favorite places to go, things to do?
I have been a Clevelander my entire life and adore this city. Although I am completely on the Cleveland obsessed – Millennial bandwagon, my love for Cleveland is genuine. As a Cleveland business owner, I cannot emphasis enough how blessed I am (and all Cleveland businesses) are to be surrounded by an endlessly supportive community. The amount of customers who have give my small brand a chance, who have gifted their entire friends and family my product, who are so passionate about supporting my story, motivates me and moves me to provide the best possible experience for my customers. Clevelanders support Clevelanders through and through. That’s why I am so proud to be Cleveland based and to be providing this city with a product that captures the unique meaning so many of us uphold for Cleveland.
Aside from the amazing community, I find something new everyday to explore and I LOVE that about CLE! A unique and eclectic-feel good experience always awaits. You can find me frequently Tremont, Mitchell’s, and Porco often (with my Cleveland skyline Wristlet Purse in hand, of course)!!
5. What’s next for Anne Cate?
One of the most rewarding things about developing our skyline product has been the realization that there are so many cities that impact people in special ways. We are truly gifting a different story to every customer.
2019 is going to be a big year for Anne Cate. I can hardly wait! We are scaling our skyline product faster than we can produce it…so we plan on moving out of our home studio and scale Anne Cate in our very own manufacturing studio. Staying handmade in America has been so important to us, but being able to stay handmade in Cleveland is a dream come true! We are also in the process of scaling our brand; new simplistic and classic products are in the works and we are so excited about it. Stay tuned for more unique products from Anne Cate!
Now, to the giveaway! You can enter to win a Skyline Wristlet Clutch in your choice of city, perfect for holiday gift-giving or for you. Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):
1.Leave a comment here letting me know which skyline you would want to win.
3. Head on over to my Instagram page and complete an additional entry there.
5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted:
I want to win a skyline wristlet from @shopAnneCate and @WhyCLE #giveaway http://whycle.com/2018/12/04/why-anne-cate-giveaway
You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.
The giveaway will close on Saturday, December 8 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Anne Cate. In exchange, I received a complimentary Anne Cate item of my choice and a skyline wristlet to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***