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Meet our Makers: Kim Ellis, Founder + CEO at Honeycomb Baby Goods

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I can't quite recall when and where I first came across Honeycomb Baby Goods, but I know that wanting to feature them in our gift boxes was immediate. Not only are they the cutest and most functional baby products, they're also handmade in Austin. Kim Ellis is the Founder+CEO, and she is also a mom of 3 young boys. Her inspiration for starting this business came from realizing that many of her necklaces ended up in her baby's mouth, so she decided to make a necklace that was safe for babies to chew on, but also stylish. LOVE!! Read more to learn about Kim and Honeycomb Baby Goods below. We are so excited to partner with them and can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

When did you start your business and why?

I started Honeycomb in March 2016. I am a stay-at-home mama to 3 sweet boys. At the time, my youngest was teething like CRAZY. I had received a teething necklace from my sister-in-law and my son Charlie was immediately obsessed. When I went online to try to find more, I had a hard time finding anything that was my style. I always love a good DIY project, so I decided to design and make my own. Friends started asking for some of their own, and the business kind of took off from there.

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What/who are your major influences?

My husband was a business major in college and he is an entrepreneur himself, so he is always super supportive and always assists me in the areas of my business that I am weak. I have also recently really gotten into the Business Boutique podcast with Christy Wright.

Do you have a favorite piece or product that you’ve done?

I really love our Story teething necklace in cream… I wear it a lot! I’m also really loving our brand new buttery soft Lovie Teethers.

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What’s the best part of owning your own business?

Being able to be at home with my boys AND have a fun creative outlet at the same time. 

What is a typical “work” day like for you?

Mom all day – work when I can. That’s about it. Naptime and bedtime are the golden hours! ;)

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What does the process of making a piece or product consist of?

I spend time really thinking through the colors and styles that I see in my own closet and my friend’s as well. I order custom colors that I feel really fit our brand and take the time to try new things. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. But the creative design process is my favorite!

What are your favorite ways to unwind when you aren’t working?

Date nights with my husband and a good binge worthy show on Netflix.

To learn more about Honeycomb Baby Goods, visit their website here.

MEET OUR MAKERS: Ray Delgadillo, Founder at Fortitude Provisions

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Ray Delgadillo, Founder of Fortitude Provisions in Austin, TX.

Ray Delgadillo, Founder of Fortitude Provisions in Austin, TX.

I first met Ray at the Renegade Craft Fair in Austin, a few months before I launched Bon Vivant. I was there seeking out unique, small-batch makers and I hit the jackpot. There were so many amazing makers and products, I thought I'd never leave. Ray had a booth where he was showcasing his all-natural skincare + fragrance line made in Austin, Fortitude Provisions. I had the pleasure of meeting him and trying some of these provisions, and let me just encourage you to check them out because they're amazing! Ray is insanely artistic and it shines through in his work. From the unbelievable blends of scents he creates, to the all-natural ingredients, branding and aesthetics, he does NOT cut corners. I'm thrilled that our paths crossed and honored to feature Fortitude Provisions in our gift boxes.

When did you start your business and why?

I come from a family that uses natural remedies for everything - from honey for burns, to lemongrass tea for stomach aches - so I have always seen nature as a source of healing and fascination. After college, while I was looking for a job (think lots of free time) I bought a book on natural perfumery and started buying all sorts of essential oils and botanicals. The process was fascinating to me, and I haven't stopped ever since!

What/who are your major influences?

I look up to people who have the tenacity to be bold and make work that comes from a very particular point of view. A few people I admire are George Nakashima (furniture maker), Adolf Loos (architect and artist), Luis Barragan (architect), Serge Lutens (perfumer), and Marlene Dumas (artist) to name a few.

Do you have a favorite piece or product that you've done?

I'm working on a custom room fragrance for the Heywood Hotel, which I'm super excited about. The prompt was to create a fragrance based on Mexican Lime oil, which was a bit challenging since it's such a sharp note. Nonetheless, I'm really pleased with where it's going, so keep an eye out for it!

What's the best part of owning your own business?

I love the freedom to experiment and do anything I find interesting. While it is a lot of work to develop and expand a brand, having creative freedom (at least for me as a designer) is the most rewarding element.

What is a typical "work" day like for you?

I have a full-time job as a designer, so every second outside of work is spent either making products, corresponding with vendors and customers, or catching up with life. It's a sacrifice, but it's worth it because I know I'm working towards something bigger.

What does the process of making a piece or product consist of?

When I'm working on a body care product, my first step is researching existing (or historical) formulas to understand the basic ingredients and ratios. I then tweak elements and percentages to my liking and do lots and lots of testing

When I'm working on a fragrance, I begin by narrowing down the top, middle, and base notes. This is done by memory rather than smelling, since the human nose gets fatigued very easily. I have over 200+ essential oils and isolates to work from, so memorizing their "character" is very important.

After I have my top contestants selected, I start working on "accords", which are groups of 2-6 materials that create something new and pleasant (just like a chord in music). For a final fragrance, you need at least 1 accord for the top, middle, and base notes. Top notes are what evaporate faster (like citrus) and base notes are the longest-lasting (like resins and woody notes). It takes lots of experimenting to get something you're pleased with, but I find the process to be very interesting!    

What are your favorite ways to unwind when you aren't working?

My partner and I have a small cacti/succulent collection, which I find very relaxing to work on. Something about the challenges of taming nature, working with it, and caring after it are very rewarding.

Other than that, I love trying new restaurants, learning about wine and beer, and going on runs around Lady Bird Lake.

To learn more about Ray and Fortitude Provisions, please visit their website here.