We had the good fortune of connecting with Olga Jaeckel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olga, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I always loved fashion but I never imagined that I could become a fashion designer. It happened organically and pretty much overnight. It’s all because of my daughter. We couldn’t find unique and fun clothes that we both liked while shopping together. I thought there was a niche in the market and I saw an opportunity. I wanted to create fashion-forward pieces that make children stand out and feel confident.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Little Olin is a European-inspired sophisticated clothing line for girls ages 2-12 that can be worn to school and for special occasions. With my seven-year-old daughter Maya as my partner and inspiration I created Little Olin to fill a gap in the market by creating fun, stylish clothing with unique details that are resilient and more affordable that other luxury clothing lines. Products ranging from tops, skirts, dresses, rompers, and shorts are produced in small batches by one of the top manufacturers using premium fabrics and featuring custom prints complemented by exquisite details. Playground tested and approved by a local community of mothers and daughters, Little Olin weaves together girl power, childhood and fashion.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s so tough during Covid. I love the museums and monuments of Washington DC. The cherry blossoms are almost here and it’s my favorite time of year. With the constraints of Covid we’d go for a long walk in Georgetown and waterfront and stop at an outdoor cafe for coffee.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
1. My children constantly inspire and motivate me. I learn so much from them. 2. My grandmother has always been an important role model. She couldn’t finish high school because of World War II. It bothered her so much that with three children and full household she went back to school and then back to work to achieve her dreams. When I was born, she retired and spent her time helping my mom raise me. She taught me how to knit and sew. I also learn how to be strong and focused from her. 3. The women in my life that I am lucky to call friends. I have an amazing support group of so many strong talented women who inspire me every day.
Cole and Kiera Photography – most images One image with 5 girls – Claire Harvey Photography