We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacquie Moesel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacquie, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
One of the most important lessons I have learned through starting and growing Moesel is how essential it is to be flexible and adaptable. Each year of business (and especially last year) has come with new challenges. I have tried to remain flexible throughout and adapt production, sales, and distribution strategies accordingly. I think it is extremely important to have an overarching plan and goals for your business, but to still be willing to change strategies and techniques for achieving these along the way.Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
All Moesel products are designed in Austin, Texas and made directly by artisans in Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. My goal is to work with designs that will utilize locally-sourced materials and that will highlight the skills and techniques of the makers. The focus of the design work is not just on what is being created as an ultimate product, but also on how the products are made and, more importantly, how the production process helps to provide work opportunities for artisans and small workshop-based makers. My hope is that buyers will appreciate the real craft behind the products and feel connected to the makers and the purpose when purchasing goods from Moesel.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?
Some of my favorites in Austin: Patika for coffee; Sukha for yoga;; Salt and Time for lunch and their new natural wine shop; uchiko always!Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The ethical fashion community in Austin is really incredible and I owe a lot of my success to the founder of Purse and Clutch, Jen Lewis. Jen has made it a mission to create a community of fellow designers, makers, and supporters of ethical goods.
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