buy Pregabalin canada Vendor Feature: Interview with Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season!  I did this interview with Youngsong a while ago but did not get a chance to sit down and actually blog about it!  When I interviewed her, I was so inspired by her.  Now when I am reviewing my notes from her interview, I am even more inspired and motivated to start the new year fresh with new goals and possibly tackling the goals that I set for 2016 and didn’t get to.  Most people will not tell you how hard owning your own business and being an entrepreneur is.  It can be a lonely lifestyle.  Throw in being a working mom, and it takes everything to a whole different level.  I definitely felt like I have had some bumps in the road in 2016.  Being in the event planning industry, we are constantly surrounded by so much beauty.  Everything is styled.  Everyone seems so put together.  Everything looks so glamorous and “perfect”.  I was being inundated by images of perfection every day, all day.  With my 2nd child reaching the “toddler” stage and still having to keep up with my 7 year old and her activities, I was started to feel like I was not progressing fast enough.  I was not doing enough for my business and for my family.  But sometimes we have to take a step back, and remember that we can only do the best that we can do.  Reviewing my notes with Young, could not have come at a better time.  Maybe there was a reason that I have been procrastinating =).  I hope this interview inspires you as much as it did for me!

Thank you so much Youngsong for taking time out of your busy day to spend some time with me! You are such an amazing role model!

xoxo,

Wynn

source What career did you have before you started Wildflower Linens?

When I lived in Korea, I was a fashion designer.  I attended FIDM and started working as their in house fashion designer.  Some of the brands that I worked for was Jessica McClintock, Banana Republic, O’Neill.  I was able to create my own clothing line.  It was carried in Macy’s and Nordstroms.  I loved the fashion world!  However, in the late 90’s when the recession hit, a lot of the corporations went through mergers and acquisitions, and during that time I decided to leave the industry.

enter  What gave you the idea to start WFL and how did you get started?

When I was helping my niece with her wedding, I was not impressed with the selections that were available for table linens or chair covers.  There was nothing in the linen market that was in line with the current fashion trends.  Thats when I saw a need for the market and decided to start Wildflower Linens.  I started the company all by myself.  I started working out of the garage.  Once I moved out of the garage, I have had to move every year to accommodate the amount of inventory!  I currently own the building that we are in and it is 22,000 sq feet! (They also do all the designing, sowing, washing, drying, dry cleaning in house!)

Where do you find your inspiration?

My inspiration coincides with fashion!  Fashion is always 9 months ahead.  With my background in the fashion industry, I create designs that coincides with it.  I always have to think about what the next trend will be.  I have to think about it very mathematically.  I also get inspiration from our clients.  We know that this is their life, their dream for the perfect storybook wedding, so we inspire to create for them.

What are some of the challenges that you face in your business:

Every day is a challenge. When I come into the office in the morning, the first thing I ask is “What is the problem for today?”  I focus on looking for the solution.  The biggest challenge is believing in myself.  I never thought that I was a business person.  I always though of myself as a artist, a creative person.  When I started thinking that business is a creativity.  I started believing that Business is a synonym for creativity, I started believing that I can run a successful business.  When you face a challenge, don’t take things too literally.  When you think of them in an abstract form, it allows you to solve problems easier.

What advice can you give to other entrepreneurs?

My advice is to be around the same kind of people.  Being creative takes a brave soul.  It’s not easy making a living with your own hands and having it be your livelihood.  Make sure that you are always a professional person first.  Also, focus on digging a deep well so that you can ride out the business cycles.  Always focus first on what you are good at, and don’t spread yourself too thin. Be prepared for the tough times and lose the mediocrity.  All you need to succeed is your heart, soul, energy and you can make it work.

What motivates you?

I love what I do, I have fun and truly enjoy it.  My employees motivate me.  I have a lot of people that depend on me for their livelihood, so I have to perform well for them so they know that I am in it for the long haul.
Below you can see some of Youngsong’s amazing designs at work! Check out more of their products at Wildflowerlinens.com

 

 

Wildflower Linen Interview

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Fairytale Wedding Design

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Bride and Groom Chairs

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Chair Designs to Match these Red Carpet Looks

 

 

 

 

 

Chair Designs to Match the Red Carpet Fashion

 

Romantic and Soft Chair Design

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Dreamy and Chic Chair Design

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