Tara Grier had had enough of city life. The designer left her Manhattan-based job and morning espressos for a simpler life outside the city. The espressos may still be a common morning practice, but today, Grier is working on her own company, one that continues to grow leaps and bounds.
Founded in 2015, Fluffy Layers has become one of the coolest, most chic clothing companies for women and children. Yet, Fluffy Layers is far more than just clothing. Located in her new hometown of Millersville, Maryland, Grier gained inspiration from some unlikely feathered friends; two Rhode Island Red chickens, when creating the brand. What she originally created was egg gathering aprons. However, her initial idea has turned into a line of dresses, t-shirts, socks and more.
Just two-years old, Fluffy Layers is still hatching from its own egg. Tara hopes to have more sales outlets for her products in the coming months. She also hopes to add further ideas into the extensive range Fluffy Layers now features.
Recently, Tara sat down with Totalprestige Magazine to talk about her company, products and what inspires her to create.
Tara, please tell us about Fluffy Layers and its farm and garden products.
Fluffy Layers creates products for the female agricultural customer, a current untapped market within the billion dollar farm and feed arena.
What led you to start Fluffy Layers?
Once we started the egg collecting apron, we had many people ask us to create more things with our fabrics, we then knew we were onto something.
Tara, please tell us about your recent addition of “Home and Textile” products.
Recently, we added more items to our collections, such as baking sets, clothing and scarves.
You recently announced the opening of The Crab & Cactus. What can you tell us about it?
We opened a store in the front of our warehouse, and it has an assortment of clothing, home decor and jewelry; all with a southern twist!
What was your most rewarding professional experience?
Seeing Fluffy Layers in retails stores, and hearing how much people love it; and mostly, people saying to make more!
How do you find inspiration?
From my customers and their lives, color, animals and fun. Much of what we do could have been a request from a customer at some point.
What is the most challenging part of your work?
The long days and hours at times is difficult on myself and my family.
What do you have your sights set on next?
Our goal is to be in 2000 farm and feed stores by January 2018, and to continue building the brand. We also have our sights set on going into hardware stores as well.
Were you ever influenced by other entrepreneurs?
Yes, I would always read about people going out on a limb, and not being afraid. One day, I just decided to do it! Obviously, I am very inspired by Joanna Gaines.
What is a day in your life like?
Crazy! Up at 5am speaking with factories in Asia, getting my kids ready, going to office to handle everything under the sun…going home at 5pm to more work in and around the house… it never ends!
What makes you smile?
What scares you?
Not executing on dreams
What is your greatest achievement?
Starting fluffy layers!
For more information on the amazing products created by Fluffy Layers, please visit www.fluffylayers.com.