Handmade at Home or HAH began when Siobhán stumbled across some cute little vintage hangers in a junk shop. “I used the hangers to make peg bags and within a few months I had found more hangers and made more peg bags. I lost count of how many I made in the end. Much to my surprise people wanted to buy them. Soon more products followed, more fairs, festivals and markets. It wasn’t long before I realised that one impulse buy had resulted in me creating my own small business.”
Three years since finding those hangers HAH has developed into a small business selling a selection of beautiful products aimed at children. “There is no greater feedback than seeing a little face beaming back at you wearing something you’ve designed. Kids should be kids, I try to design clothing that is as practical and as fun as possible. So much young fashion these days is so grown up, I firmly believe that we should let them be little.”
“Our first collection took its inspiration from the sayings, colours and shapes of the circus. Our brand new second collection “Pop” takes its inspiration from the wild world of Warhol and the swinging sixties. Think Monochrome with splashes of bright colour, spots, stripes, splats and plenty of pattern.”
Siobhán’s advice to those just starting out is, “Don’t overthink. If you think about it too much you can talk yourself out of it. Yes, it’s not always easy running your own business but there is also nothing more rewarding.”
You can meet Siobhán and other makers at the Cambridge Made Summer Fair on the 11th of June at St. Andrew’s Street Baptist Church. If you plan to pop in for a browse, let us know you’re coming on our event page, by clicking on ‘Interested’ or ‘Going’.