About the maker..
I have many different jobs on my resume; some I have enjoyed and some were merely for a paycheck. Good or bad, they have all taught me something and lead me to where I am now.
I started sewing in elementary school. There is a little sewing shop in my city of Lakeland, Florida called Fabric Warehouse that had sewing camps for kids when I was a child. My mom saw my interest in the creative aspect along with my attention to detail and signed me up. I fell in love with sewing! I even loved the simple tasks of threading the machines and trimming the threads. These sewing classes became part of my summers and soon turned into a few private sewing lessons, working with patterns and quilting.
A few years later, I began altering my clothes, embroidering all sorts of things, and making creative goodies for anyone I knew. I even did alterations for other clients throughout high school and college for a little extra money. I started up a small Etsy shop in college that was a lot of fun, but didn’t last too long. Unfortunately, there were some things that happened in my life that made me lose passion for many of my hobbies I loved, including sewing.
In the fall of 2015, I graduated with a Marketing degree from Southeastern University and took a job as an administrator. Even though the job was easy and I made good money, I wasn’t completely happy. I loved the people I worked with, I just had no passion for the job and knew that it wasn’t where my heart was.
One day at work, my boss’s boss sat me down in his office and asked me a series of questions including what are you doing here? what do you really want to be doing? and how can we get you on track to making that happen? I didn’t have answers when he began the conversation, but by the end of our meeting we had set a plan in motion to finding out what I was really passionate about. Little did he know that this short meeting on a random week day would change my entire life and push me towards making my dreams a reality.
I ended up taking a retail job at Gap in Tampa, making the 45-minute commute just because I needed something new and different. I had never worked retail and figured it would be fun. If I worked off commission I would have made a good amount of money because I ended up being quite good at it, but unfortunately, I did not. I loved the selling aspect of working retail—helping women find clothes that fit perfectly and also make them feel confident became a big passion of mine.
In the midst of working retail, continuing with my administration job, playing live music around town, and taking random babysitting jobs, it hit me. All I want to do is sew! I quit my office and retail jobs in the spring of 2015, moved into a new apartment, stocked up on sewing supplies and launched my alterations business. I still didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I could make money doing alterations and the bills had to get paid somehow!
Soon after, I started making clothes for myself again and tried a few pop-up events at a local coffee shop, Concord Coffee (big thanks to them for unknowingly helping launch Rane Made!).
After a summer of trial and error, I decided to go for it. What did I have to lose? On Halloween of 2015, Rane Made officially began.
It’s been two years now since that milestone of my life and I still can’t believe how blessed I am to do what I love. I am passionate about what I do because I am so grateful to live in a country and city that encourages entrepreneurship. I wake up every day knowing I get to make clothing for women that fits their bodies, flatters their unique shapes, and feels amazing!
Of course, there are still days that are a struggle where I question myself, and wonder what I am doing, but at the end of the day, I get to do what I love and that is an amazing feeling.
My hands are on each part of the process. I pattern, cut, sew, and tag each piece of clothing that comes out of my shop. Most of my designs are simply solving my own clothing dilemmas! I have always had a hard time shopping and finding clothes that feel comfortable and look flattering which is one of the reasons I started making my own clothes. I use a variety of industrial and domestic machinery and love the process of making each piece.
I believe in hand made, great quality, and a passion filled product. Rane Made is more than just clothing... it’s a unique shopping experience that provides every customer with a one-of-a-kind, intentionally made product. No matter how much my business grows, this will be the core of my brand.