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Employment History

MCI Inc.

Affiliations

Founder
LulaKate LLC

Education



University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Charleston.Net: Fashion: Skirts in the city 10/15/04

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Kelly Baldwin of Momie Clothes, Katherine Mullins of LulaKate and Dianne Anderson and Susan Porter of Les Jupes were ahead of their time.

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Katherine Mullins has been a skirt girl since she was 6 years old.She made dresses for junior high dances and gowns for debutante balls in high school.But when she was laid off from a job at MCI more than two years ago, she refocused herself and began sewing a lot more, making A-line skirts.Not quite sure she could do this for a living, she took a job at Blackbaud, where she wore her skirts.She received many compliments on her handiwork and finally decided to quit her job and make skirts full time.Thus LulaKate was born.
ìI knew this was something I wanted to do and I was approaching 30, so I had to follow my dream.I went
to my boss and told him I was quitting to make skirts full time, and he laughed,î Mullins says.Now, with 55 retail accounts across the nation and more on the way, Mullins feels good about her choice.


lulakate fashions skirts dresses belts jackets charleston sc

www.lulakate.com [cached]

please feel free to contact Katherine at press@lulakate.com.

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Kelly Baldwin of Momie Clothes, Katherine Mullins of LulaKate and Dianne Anderson and Susan Porter of Les Jupes were ahead of their time.
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Katherine Mullins has been a skirt girl since she was 6 years old.She made dresses for junior high dances and gowns for debutante balls in high school.But when she was laid off from a job at MCI more than two years ago, she refocused herself and began sewing a lot more, making A-line skirts.Not quite sure she could do this for a living, she took a job at Blackbaud, where she wore her skirts.She received many compliments on her handiwork and finally decided to quit her job and make skirts full time.Thus LulaKate was born.
"I knew it was something I wanted to do and I was approaching 30, so I had to follow my dream.I went to my boss and told him I was quitting to make skirts full time, and he laughed," Mullins said.Now with 55 retail accounts across the nation and more on the way, Mullins feels good about her choice.
"I think people like skirts so much because they are fun and they are feminine," Mullins says.


lulakate fashions skirts dresses belts jackets charleston sc

lulakate.com [cached]

Throughout her childhood, teenage years and into college, Katherine designed and created clothes for different events in her life.After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Katherine ventured to Atlanta for design school.Like many young, Southern women of our generation, she then pursued a proper path that led her to excel in the doldrums of Corporate America.In May 2003, Katherine decided she would never be completely happy climbing the corporate ladder.With $300 in her bank account, a heavy dose of stubbornness and immense support from her friends and family, she bravely set out as an entreprenuer.Inspired by her great-great-grandmother, "Lula," and her own would-be nickname, Katherine established LulaKate and held her first trunk show a month later.First working on her own sewing machine in her studio apartment on King Street, Katherine designed and sewed each piece by hand.Eventually the orders increased and she hired two local seamstresses to assist her.In 2004, Katherine moved LulaKate out of her apartment and into a prime showroom location on King Street in historic Charleston.

Katherine has found a large and very loyal contingent of successful women who want to express their fabulous, fun and flirty personalities through their clothing.Today, LulaKate can be found in numerous boutiques throughout the United States.


Kelly Baldwin of Momie Clothes, ...

lulakate.com [cached]

Kelly Baldwin of Momie Clothes, Katherine Mullins of LulaKate and Dianne Anderson and Susan Porter of Les Jupes were ahead of their time.

...
Katherine Mullins has been a skirt girl since she was 6 years old. She made dresses for junior high dances and gowns for debutante balls in high school. But when she was laid off from a job at MCI more than two years ago, she refocused herself and began sewing a lot more, making A-line skirts. Not quite sure she could do this for a living, she took a job at Blackbaud, where she wore her skirts. She received many compliments on her handiwork and finally decided to quit her job and make skirts full time. Thus LulaKate was born.
"I knew it was something I wanted to do and I was approaching 30, so I had to follow my dream. I went to my boss and told him I was quitting to make skirts full time, and he laughed," Mullins said. Now with 55 retail accounts across the nation and more on the way, Mullins feels good about her choice.
"I think people like skirts so much because they are fun and they are feminine," Mullins says.


lulakate fashions skirts dresses belts jackets charleston sc

www.lulakate.com [cached]

please feel free to contact Katherine at press@lulakate.com.

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After one impromptu trip to Katherine Mullins' King Street spot, it was clear she had found her way.
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Katherine Mullins 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.
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Her 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 products.Mullins uses her personal connections and this is what contributes to her success.She 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 explains.Her 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 moved LulaKate from her 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.She 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.Currently LulaKate's 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 at her 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.

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