We had the good fortune of connecting with Uta Preston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Uta, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always had an itch to be an entrepreneur, even as a child. My family has a long history of business ownership, so you could say it’s in my blood. However, it wasn’t until I had my first child that the right combination of timing and inspiration came together to catalyze my entrepreneurial journey. With my first child, I wanted to use the same high-quality baby sleep bags that I had grown up with in Germany. There, people have been using sleep bags for ages as a practical way to keep their children safe and cozy while sleeping. When I couldn’t find the right products for my little one in the U.S., I decided to bring German-style sleep bags here. So I quit my job in consulting to try my luck in the apparel industry.
While building on the German sleep bag tradition, I also wanted to create a unique niche by focusing on modern Nordic designs and following my passion to build a sustainable and ethical brand leaving as little environmental footprint as possible. Not only is organic cotton better for babies’ sensitive skin, but it’s also better for the planet.
Fast forward a few years and while Fishkopp continues to specialize in sleep bags, we’ve expanded our collection to include a wider range of apparel for little ones. Most importantly, I’m proud that we’ve maintained our commitment to creating high-quality, organic clothing.
Little Fishkopp, is based in Los Angeles along the beaches of the South Bay.
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?
I’m proud to be a sustainable, organic clothing label. When I started my business, it was very important to me to create a green company for healthier babies and a healthier planet. All Little Fishkopp products carry the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification. GOTS is recognized as the world’s leading standard for organic textiles. It’s not the easiest sourcing choice, and it’s more costly, but I believe it’s worth it. Growing organic cotton minimizes the impact on the environment and promotes sustainable farming by eliminating the need for most agricultural chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers. This helps maintain healthy soil, air and water. It also helps maintain healthy people and communities. I hope that my commitment inspires others to pursue more sustainable lifestyles. Small actions by each one of us can add up to a big impact on the planet.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, we’d have to start with LA’s beaches. So maybe we would have breakfast at The Rose in Venice and then take a stroll along the canals to Venice Beach. In the afternoon we would head down to Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach and grab dinner at one of the many local eateries along the Strand. The next day would be the time to soak up some local culture. We would hit The Broad with its contemporary art and then head straight over to the Walt Disney Concert Hall either just for pictures of the unique exterior or maybe pop inside for the tour. Next we would grab some lunch at the Grand Central Market – this downtown landmark with lots of food options is a must. After all the food, we would explore the Art District, which is a great place to take pictures of LA’s famous street murals, and then end the day with a Lakers game at the Staples Center. We would have to set aside an entire day in the Hollywood area – starting off with a hike to the Hollywood sign, then moving on to lunch at Pink’s Hot Dogs which would give us the energy we need to check out the Hollywood stars (Walk of Fame), the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the Chinese Theatre, and catch a show at the Hollywood Bowl. A few other mandatory LA sites include the Original Farmers Market, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Santa Monica Pier and muscle beach, and Randy’s Donuts. And, of course, you can’t leave LA without going to the Griffith Observatory at sunset. Even though there is so much more to do in the City of Angels, I would also opt for a weekend away. One of my absolute favorite places is Joshua Tree. It’s one of the most spectacular places to go camping under the stars, and the landscape is just extraordinary. We would definitely have to fit in a hike or two and pay a visit to the cholla cactus garden.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would dedicate this shoutout to my “village” of supporters. Entrepreneurship can be a lonely pursuit. Hence it takes a small army to start a business and keep it moving forward. For example, my husband has been my sounding board since day one. He has supported me through thick and thin and always has believed in my vision. Then there are my key friends and fans (you know who you are!) who always cheer me on and encourage me to chase my dreams. Finally, I’m proud that I’ve surrounded myself with other business founders, especially other women, who are in the same boat. They understand that entrepreneurship isn’t always glamorous. We compare notes, knowledge, and experiences to help each other overcome obstacles and chase success.
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