For Immediate Release
JUNE 18, 2015 Seattle, WA - Glittersweet has officially joined Seattle Made, a Seattle Good Business Network initiative to support urban manufacturers and craft producers in the city. Keeping production close to home has always been a top priority for Glittersweet owner Laura Silverstein and in addition to reducing lead times it also helps manage quality control.
“The first bags we made were produced in my basement,” says Laura, “Now that the line has grown and sales continue to increase, local manufacturing resources have become vital for the business.”
Earlier this spring when King 5’s Evening Magazine featured Glittersweet’s “Seattle Colors” collection on the show, sales on the website soared. The ability to have access to local production facilities was critical for inventory replenishment. With sales growing 46% in the first quarter alone and the impending launch of a new style that make its debut at the Fashion First Runway Show in September, Glittersweet anticipates a very productive year in 2015. Joining Seattle Made has allowed the company to align with other local businesses who are working to preserve domestic production and sustain urban manufacturing.
“Entrepreneurial urban manufacturers like Glittersweet contribute to Seattle’s economic diversity and our cultural vibrancy. These businesses are key to growing living-wage jobs and their creativity are what help keep Seattle Seattle,” says Seattle Good Business Network Co- Director Erin Nelson, “Our goal is to do everything we can to make sure businesses like Laura’s can afford to stay and thrive in Seattle.”
Glittersweet products can be found locally at Phinney Books, the Terry Ave. Saturday Market on South Lake Union and on the first and third weekends of the month at The Handmade Showroom located at Pacific Place.
Designed to sparkle in the sun and stand up to the rain, Glittersweet creates totes, handbags, and accessories with playful designs and functional details. Designed by owner Laura Silverstein and handcrafted in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood, the entire Glittersweet line is made of upholstery-quality vinyl and inspired by the rich colors and beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Each year 5% of profits go back to the community to non-profits that support women and children. www.glittersweet.com
About Seattle Made
A thriving manufacturing and production sector is essential to a vibrant and sustainable city. Seattle Good Business Network is collaborating with local manufacturers and allied organizations to create Seattle Made, an initiative to grow and support a diverse ecosystem of urban manufacturers and producers that expand opportunities for local ownership and meaningful employment, build our region’s long-term resiliency, and celebrate Seattle’s unique cultural identity. www.seattlemade.org
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