We had the good fortune of connecting with Cindy G. Gellersen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cindy G., what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to be a role model for my kids. I have already started a company with the help of there dad. But is was time to restart and truly be on my own. Having my company is amazing 🙂 I love to be my own boss.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a fashion designer specialized in Equestrian Lifestyle. So basically i am a horse-addict and my passion for horses is now my career. 😉 I created AtelierCG in the beginning of 2016. It was the beginning of a new chapter in my life. ACG is an equestrian lifestyle brand with the vision to empower women (my clients) to follow their dreams and be proud of who they are! It all started after the separation from my now ex-husband, multiple health issues and being mentally broke. With the start of AtelierCG, I made the decision to get back in the saddle and take the reins back on my life. I believe nobody is perfect! We are all unique and beautiful in our own ways. That belief transforms my designs. My pieces are not as traditional as you might see in typical equine styles. I love to add some extra spice and create a statement but with attitude. Mixing different chains and metals gives our pieces a bold message. That, and unique, practical handbags and leather pouches is what my clients know me for. I am super proud of having the pleasure to create custom pieces for one of the biggest horse races in the USA, The Breeders Cup. I am also a select vendor for Pegasus World Cup, Preakness stakes and hopefully the Kentucky Derby very soon! I am grateful for my amazing, world-wide retail partners and am thrilled for the opportunity to provide their boutiques a beautiful lineup of AtelierCG goods. With Covid being a new way of life, I’ve found more time to focus on truly creating a close relationship with my direct clients and building my online presence which has been really gratifying. My family is my biggest drive to overcome challenges. My kids, Jade and Kaelen, and I took the opportunity and moved in the middle of last year. We share a beautiful space with our horse Khumba, dog Max, and Hope our rescue squirrel. This decision was a dream come true! As a little girl I always wanted a horse and now I not only have my own horse, I also have him at my home. How cool is that! The next step was creating a design studio space where my customers have the option to lounge and enjoy some cocktails while shopping. So I transformed the garage into a beautiful design studio. Moving forward I am planing to host Sip & Shop event and will invite others vendors to share their crafts and gifts. My goal is to create the ultimate shopping experience in a relaxed and artsy atmosphere.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would defiantly take my friends horse back riding 🙂 Pick up some lunch at BaseCamp. Fill up the saddle bags with food and wine and go explore the hills of Griffith Park 🙂 Yip, The best! Next would be a trip to the beach, all the way to Santa Barbara. Its such a lovely drive. Hiking in the Santa Monica mountains. . . and more.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Lori Ovanessian 🙂 She is a friend and absolutely an amazing photographer firstname.lastname@example.org Barri Whittaker: https://www.facebook.com/HorsesofVangVieng/ https://www.facebook.com/VangViengPonyTreks/
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