Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Etsy Around the World: Studio Globe

Today we are traveling around the world to Japan to visit our Etsy Around the World shop. Takae is not only a wonderful seamstress, but she is also a fantastic photographer, gardener, and cat lover, as you can see from her Flickr page. And for a bit of trivia: The country of Japan is made of more than 3000 islands.

Who are you?
I'm Takae K. and my shop name is Studio Globe.

Where are you located?
Northern Japan, 25miles in the north from Sendai. well, I live in center of the rice field. I love the quiet of midnight in here.

What do you create?
I make zipper pouches, frame pouches, handbags, clothing for little girl and small handbag for children.

Have you ever visited North Carolina?
Unfortunately, no. But I know the Carolina Crown. ;) I have been to LA, NY and NJ.

What is your favorite place to visit in your hometown?
Main street of my town. There are lovely artificial river in the sidewalk. So many "Koi" fishes are swimming in there. We can get food for the fish in the post office. Nobody steal the fish. Nobody injure them. Peace. I love this town so much.

What is you most popular item that you create?
the most popular item is the round zipper pouch. I'm using Japanese fabric almost. Kimono taste, Sakura flowers, Kawaii taste. so I think that's why this pouches are most popular.

How do you acquire new clients?
Some of my customers come from my Flickr page. I post pics of my items to my Flickr often. There is a limit of the pics I can post to my shop page. I want to let them know more details and quality of my products. I'm not perfect at English, so the pics is most important element for me.

What online activities have brought you the most noticeable success?
Flickr. so far.

What is your next project going to be?
Next plan is make winter clothing for little girl and for Christmas.

Do you have any advice to share on how you have made your business grow?
Be faithful for own work. Never compromise for own work. Make the thing that you love. And keep your smile! :)

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