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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jessica Holzman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Holzman.

Hi Jessica, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Over the past several holiday seasons, my sister in-law and I often talked about gifting and baby products as our family has grown in the recent years. Welcoming my two nephews into our family, I couldn’t help but tap my own background in production and start dreaming up a thoughtful, organic baby apparel line. We wanted the entire process of our company to be transparent to our community. From our decision to manufacture locally in LA, to the organic fabric we chose, down to the details of our eco-friendly packaging, we pledged to make these values integral to our brand and to continue to look for ways to improve our product and process that reflect these core values. Two years later, we are thrilled to have launched our baby apparel line. We look forward to curating this unique brand as we learn and grow along with our community’s needs.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a company always has its obstacles! This is no surprise, but Covid-19 was a huge challenge for us as there were slow-downs across the industry. We also took more time than anticipated to source our product. Jess and I wanted to make sure that we chose the best fabric and materials. As a result, we launched four months later than expected, but we felt very lucky to launch just before the holidays. Launching a small business, Jess and I had the opportunity to truly build our company from the ground up. We both had to stretch our skill-sets and learn many new things. We are even packaging our product and shipping orders directly to our customers! The more we own and perfect now, the easier it will be for us to scale our business when we are ready to expand.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I have a ten+ year background in product development and production. In other words, designers show me what they want to create on a piece of paper, and my job is to bring that product to life. I started my career at Gap Inc. headquarters in the infant department. From there, I moved to LA to work for a smaller company where I built relationships with LA factories. Building these connections made me realize the importance of knowing and understanding the factories you choose to partner with. It enables you to have more control over the product from start to finish ensuring a quality result. Having visibility into where your product is getting made and knowing who is making your product is very important to us.

Jess is the ying to my yang. While I am an expert in product development, she has a business background in finance. Jess is handling all our logistics, marketing, PR and web. We really are the perfect duo and none of this would be possible without one another.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Teddy’s Cotton is the definition of slow fashion. We are not trying to push products onto people or constantly over-source to keep up with trends. Our products are timeless and high-quality. We believe that less is sometimes more, and it would be an honor for us to share what we have created with your little ones.

Contact Info:

  • Email: Jessicaanne@teddyscotton.com
  • Website: Teddyscotton.com
  • Instagram: Teddys_cotton
  • Facebook: @teddyscotton


Image Credits:

Simon Perry Studios

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