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Life & Work with Tania Bambridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tania Bambridge.

Hi Tania, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was born a creative. When it came to time to choose a career path, I chose fashion design and was fortunate enough to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in So Cal and achieve a degree in Fashion Design.
During my twenty years working in the apparel industry. I worked for companies small and large and traveled abroad for some of the companies. I made strategic choices to work for specific types of companies to learn about different business models and practices and of course gain as much knowledge as possible about the design and manufacturing processes.

Like most designers in the industry, I dabbled on the side and knew that one day I would leave the industry and become independent.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Smooth roads are a must for roller skating and cycling, two of my favorite activities. As for business, there is no such thing and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Struggles I have endured only made me stronger. Financial, emotional, and physical struggles all played a part. I don’t consider myself unique to those struggles at all. I call it life and I just keep plugging away because things can always be worse.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I started designing and making tote bags from various textiles during my corporate career, then years later I segwayed into fleece and designed throw blankets and up-cycled accessories shortly before I left the corporate world. My customer base consists of people, pets, and ecoists (my definition of the eco-friendly minded). I am intrigued by the world of sustainability. It has always been a key ingredient in my designs and what I am known for.

Currently, I have been designing and making fashionably functional aprons for my own line using new and reclaimed materials and also doing B2B. I cater to independently owned eateries in the OC and Long Beach area, as well as individual clients that want custom apron uniforms for their own business or personal use.

Aside from designing and making my own line of bespoke textiles, I do personal wardrobe styling for private clientele to help make ends meet. I enjoy juggling the two segments of my business and proud that I am able to do so. I feel it sets me apart from my competition.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I was raised in the OC and loved it. I did spend a lot of time in the LA area during my youth and part of my corporate career, not to mention fashion school, but my roots are in Orange County. I would rather keep this comment positive and not mention any dislikes. But wait, I dislike the lack of precipitation in SoCal and remember more rainy days during my youth!


  • $38.00 catch all and waist apron
  • $48.00 bib apron
  • $78.00 custom bib apron
  • $12 to $22 table top textiles

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Gordon F. Dooley Sydney Douglass

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