Anne Skoch / Anne Cate
How did you become a designer?
I learned how to sew from my mother when I was a young girl. I loved the idea of bringing a creative idea to life with my hands. As a thirteen-year-old, I got my first sewing machine and took my creating to the next level, discovering that I could make money from the products
Tell us how you started your business?
Anne Cate was born my sophomore year of college when I went to design some pillows for my dorm room. Excited to move into my dorm and decorate my new home away from home, I designed and created decorative pillows with three city skylines (New York City, Cleveland, and Chicago) that were meaningful to me. I spent the next six months rebranding my childish Etsy store to reflect me, and to encompass the new product I had created. My Etsy store that I had since I was 13 was transformed into “Anne Cate,” a Made-in-America accessories boutique specializing in simplistic products.
What makes your business different than others?
All products are completely handmade in small batches at our manufacturing studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Each product is created using sustainable and quality materials, sourced in the US and much by WAWAK! We hope to continue to impact our customers through our products, production processes, and brand. Quality and community are most important to us.
What was new and exciting for 2020?
2020 has been a unique year, amidst a pandemic. We are fortunate to still be growing and stable, but have adapted to mask making and products catering to essential workers. 2020’s goal was to think out of the box creatively. Our future goal is to become the next name brand accessories designer in the United States, alongside brands like Coach and Kate Spade, with a focus on affordable quality and simplistic, yet unique accessories.
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