We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Reed and Staci Inspektor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikki and Staci, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
We are big believers in this piece of wisdom from Julia Child: “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” When you decide to make your passion your career, there are many moments of self-doubt, burn-out, repetition, second-guessing, etc. While some of this can be hard to avoid as a small-business owner and entrepreneur, we strive to always keep things interesting by thoughtfully pushing one another and challenging ourselves to learn more about our craft, rethinking the norm, never settling, and making time for brainstorming and open discussion. We always have our eyes open, looking for inspiration from our surroundings and daily life to infuse into our seasonal collections, photo shoots, and brand creative.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When we decided to start ATELIER SAUCIER we knew our creative goals for the brand were going to be challenging to maintain. Blending our two backgrounds (restaurants and fashion), our sustainable ethos (sourcing our textiles from the surplus of LA’s fashion district) and seasonal model (designing and launching two collections per year) – it wasn’t going to be plug-and-play, and many deterred us from taking it on. But this never-ending creative process and constant fabric treasure hunt is what keeps us consistently inspired and excited. We love taking current interests, passions, color obsessions, etc. and infusing them into our seasonal collections. We adore brainstorming creative for our photo shoots and seeing our linens come to life on camera, and then ultimately on our client’s tables. Our ultimate goal for ATELIER SAUCIER is to change what the average person thinks about using table linens as part of their daily routine. We will be the first to admit, the word “napkin” even sounds slightly intimidating! Our linens are washable, wearable and meant to be thrown in with your jeans and sweats. You can lay them out for a special occasion, but are equally ideal to be used when you are eating pizza on the couch on Sunday night. We want you to pass on a paper towel or disposable napkin and reach for a linen breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is such a tough question – there is so much to do in Los Angeles! We are going to answer this as if it were pre-social distancing, as right now we would probably entertain most out-of-town guests with puzzles and lots of wine. EAT: A trip to Jon & Vinnys would be a must – the vibe and approach is so LA. We would also probably plan a full-day taco tour and take them to the various trucks and gems across the city. DRINK: If we could snag a reservation, we would absolutely plan to spend an evening at Old Lightning in Venice (and dinner at Scopa next door before!). Their rare inventory of whiskey and spirits is second to none and the Champagne and Cheetos tasting flight is truly magical. HANG OUT: LA is all about its beaches and trails. A day spent along the coast is our favorite way to enjoy the city. A morning hike in Malibu, Topanga or the Palisades would also certainly be in order. We also love the Huntington Library in Pasadena – you can wander around various gardens, relax, take photos and feel inspired. Lastly, an afternoon at The Broad Museum is just the best – finishing the excursion with with a cocktail at Otium next door.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
While this might sound a bit cliche, it would be wrong to answer this question without giving a massive shoutout to our families, partners, and friends. If we had a dollar for every napkin they helped us label, iron, fold and package in the early days of ATELIER SAUCIER, we could retire early! And they always did it with a smile, sometimes even going out of their way to offer their free time when they knew we were scrambling to fulfill large orders. We really don’t know if we could have made it this far (and remained sane) without their unwavering support.
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