We had the good fortune of connecting with Leslie Kelly Shockley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Leslie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I started Tea With Iris with the simple goal to help reduce everyday waste. I love designing products that help us to live more in tune with our natural environment, by making products with organic fabrics that replace synthetic, disposable products, making natural fabric dyes with the plants that I grow and farmers’ market waste, and repurposing materials to remove them from the waste stream.

What should our readers know about your business?
I started my business, Tea With Iris, in 2010. My product line has changed over the years but the goal has remained the same, with my focus on making products that help reduce everyday waste. I’m continuously learning about new organic materials and ways to dye organic fabric naturally with plants that I grow in my garden. I believe it’s so important to create products that can eventually be composted and return to nourish the soil. In the past couple of years, I have come up with new organic cleaning products, that came about from my customers’ requests. I love brainstorming with customers to improve my product line. When I first started out, I was participating in a lot of shows, which didn’t give me enough time in the studio to create. I’m getting better at setting realistic goals that divide my time between representing my brand at select shows that focus on similar values, managing my business, and creating in the studio and garden.

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?
Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens – they have the most amazing gardens. The Bonsai Gardens alone are worth the trip.

The Greek Theatre – some really fun nights there and incredible performances were Ben Harper, P.J. Harvey, Catpower, and Nick Cave. There really are no bad seats and I think the best place is sitting on the wall at the very back.

Village Well Books & Coffee in Culver City. It’s a really great independent bookstore that focuses on bringing the community together.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents, Dan and Gloria Kelly. They taught me and my sisters the importance of hard work, honesty, integrity, and giving back to the community.

Website: www.teawithiris.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teawithiris/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leslie-kelly-shockley-58878115/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/teawithiris

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teawithiris

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ewtrG3gJQ5S9vn-XDiJqA

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