please feel free to contact Katherine
After one impromptu trip to Katherine Mullins'
King Street spot, it was clear she
had found her
got started when she
began sketching dresses for her
Barbie Dolls in kindergarten.Acquiring her
sewing skills from both her
mother and grandmother, the Charlotte native attended UNC Chapel Hill and then design school at the American College
in Atlanta.The former software saleswoman started selling skirts at trunk shows in homes."People thought I was crazy when I just up and quit my job to make skirts," she
said."But this is something I've wanted to do since I was six yars old."Mullins eventually bit the bullet and embodied her passion for clothing by starting LulaKate in June of 2003.
mother was a flight attendant for Pan-Am
in the 60's and from her
treks to San Juan and Haiti, Mrs. Mullins
wore the appropriate attire to serve as muse for her
daughter.As a youngster, Katherine
loved to look at photos of her
mother wearing her
pillbox hats.Today with her
a-line skirts that flatter every body type, the line appeals to all ages.
Each design is Katherine Mullins'
original creation and a new line comes out every season to ensure that LulaKate
maintains novelty and uniqueness.Katherine's personal touch and face-to-face customer service sets her
apart from the rest.In the thick of Charleston's social circles, she
likes to see who is wearing her
personal connections and this is what contributes to her
thinks of things she
would want to wear she
"wants to be hip but not too trendy," she
says."Managing a business is hard work," she
best advice is to learn from your mistakes, continue to try and plan well and always accept change.Mullins
even shares her
tricks of the trade by giving advice to people who want to start their own business: "It takes determination, a lot of energy and jsut the willingness to keep going and not quit.I literally started this company off $300 in my bank account.If you have a dream and you have an idea, it can be done."
After all Katherine began LulaKate
working from a sewing machine in her
bedroom apartment on King Street, designing and sewing each piece by hand.Eventually her
orders increased, and she
hired two local seamstresses to assist her
in filling those orders.In 2004, Katherine
apartment to a prime showroom location.Today the initial seamstresses are still with Katherine
, and she
also works with a larger production company.Katherine Mullins
is also devoted to her
community and insists upon giving something back; in this calling, she
is most active.In the past she
has donated to The Junior League, Girlology, The Junior Woman's Club, The Chocolate Affair
(Communities in Schools), The Leukemia Society and the SPCA
has also participated in local events such as Women Rock!
, Shopping with Friends, Lowcountry AIDS auction, and for the month of October, donated 25 percent of her
Web sales to the Susan G. Komen Foundation
promotion to support her
faithful or new shoppers is a "Buy One, Get One Free" sale through the end of July.In addition Katherine
also visits schools to talk to students about entrepreneurship and encourage them to follow their dreams.
For store locations, trunk show dates and more company information, visit www.lulakate.com.Better yet, go visit Katherine
retail location on the second floor of 231 King Street and embrace style while engaging in conversation with one ultra-hip but down-to-earth Southern chick.