We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Teich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was a new stay at home mom, prior I was an educator. I was yearning for some self worth aside from being a mom and a wife. Those two roles I love dearly but I was struggling with having something of my own, a hobby per say. I started making jeans and shorts for Em to save money on shopping, when people started asking where they were from I kind of just took a leap and started up Bobbi. I have always been active in the small shop community and loved supporting other moms in the business…joining them was effortless, I loved the marketing, the networking, the creative outlet. This all really started because I wanted an outlet and some extra spending money, I could have never dreamed Bobbi would grow and evolve how it has. I am so thankful!
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?
Bobbi Denim & Co is a small shop for babies and toddlers in which I hand distress denims including; jeans, shorts, jackets, vests, overalls and dresses. I occasionally sell t-shirts for mama and babe along with some other specialty items. I am a one-woman-show, I market, purchase, distress, package and ship all my own goods. I have a small team of reps which help me model my merchandise, keep activity up on social media and prepare for drops, I am so grateful for their help! I have learned throughout the last few months that I must stay true to my brand. Bobbi has a boho-vintage vibe and I have learned that’s what my followers are interested in shopping. Sometimes I’ll get a wild hair and want to do something crazy but I have learned to stay true to what my brand reflects, which is very similar to my own personal style. It’s more enjoyable to create that way too, I’m creating things that I aesthetically enjoy photographing and styling. That’s what attracted people to the business to begin with I believe. Growing this business hasn’t been ‘easy’ by any means but it has grown very organically. I have to give all credit to Christ for his guidance in this process, I have blessed beyond measure with my quick growth in the company.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I actually grew up and currently reside in Katy, a suburb west of Houston. A younger me would say to bar hop through downtown, the 30 year old me would prefer to stay in the burbs and enjoy a patio somewhere. But, if it’s baseball season we’re definitely going to an Astros’ game! A trip to Brahman Winery is a must. The live music, wine, atmosphere are are very enjoyable. I really enjoy the Cellar Door in katy for a more local wine night out. We also like city centre for dinner and drinks, RA Sushi is a favorite. Watson’s Pub has always been a fun place to hang out too, it’s dog friendly and has great live music on the weekend. If the kiddos are involved, No Label brewery is super family friendly and always a good time!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My first introduction to the small shop community was Little Lopers, I was fascinated with her story and the thrill I got from shopping her drops. Friday nights, 8pm I was ready and waiting to score something new. I followed Valeria and her small shop for years, watching her grow and create a community with her followers, she was always such an inspiration to me. Through Little Lopers I met another small shop owner, Jessica Rohr. She was in the beginning stages of her business, Penelope & Co Boutique. She hand made the sweetest little girl clothes and organically Em started repping for her, helping advertise her company. Over the years we grew a friendship I value so much, she has been a mentor and role model to me. I had met another friend through Little Lopers, Jessica Ruiz, she has really been my right hand man through this process. She helped me develop my business model, my clientele, how i organized my drops. If I need some sound advice, she’s who I turn to first. I have been blessed with some amazing friends and family who have given me sound advice, helped promote me, shopped with me, supported me in numerous other ways and a husband who was always willing to help financially support my decisions with the business. I have been blessed beyond measure with this endeavor.
I have a beautiful family picture id LOVE to send to you to be used, it is not a horizontal image so I’ll email you the picture! If that ends up being used it was taken by Afton Seeser Photography!