The Dress You Have To Have for Travel | Poppet Packable Wrap Dress by Hilary Kennedy Style Blogger

The Dress You Have To Have for Travel | Poppet Packable Wrap Dress by Hilary Kennedy Style Blogger

The Dress You Have to Have for Travel + Travel Essentials Wrinkles!!! It’s the biggest pain in the world when you carefully pack your suitcase only to find that everything is horribly wrinkled when you start to unpack. You can turn on a hot shower and try to steam them out, hope your hotel room has an iron, or pay for expensive rush dry cleaning, but none of those options is as easy as having packed a dress that doesn’t wrinkle and can fit snugly into your suitcase or carry-on. I’ve struggle with this for years, but I was told about a company called Poppet, which creates packable garments. The designers started with cardigans you to be packed into your purse for those chilly moments in a restaurant or movie theater, or need something to throw on for a business meeting. They’ve now created this Poppet Packable Wrap Dress-a soft, wrinkle-resistant dress that you can keep in your purse, backpack, suitcase, office drawer, or car, so you’re always prepared. Here’s why this dress is sooooo genius: it fits into the pocket which sits in the small of the back and is completely hidden while you’re wearing the dress. Other highlights include side pockets (hallelujah…who doesn’t love pockets on a dress?!) and the fact that it’s machine washable. Spend some extra coins to keep this baby around for travel, emergencies, whatever…you’ll be surprised how much you’ll use it! ******************* Soft and slinky wrinkle-resistant fabric Side pockets - we love pockets! Folds into its attached water-repellent , tear proof pocket Stylish, universally flattering 3/4 ruched sleeves Sweetheart Neckline Box Pleat back...
American Made Poppet Style

American Made Poppet Style

 American Made | Poppet Style We are American Made. It’s important for us to not only talk about our garments being handmade, but also share pictures of the lovely hardworking sewers, that piece together every Poppet. We are American Made , we truly are and that is something that we are very proud of. It takes a lot of time and attention to detail to make our packable garments look their best and function well. Shown here are the credit card pockets , which are individually hand cut and then sewn together. The next step is to sew one of these into every larger pocket, which is then attached to the garment. Each part of the pocket is carefully put together with precision detailing, Shown here : Part of the pocket making process at our Chicago cut and sew facility, YS Apparel in Ravenswood. The pocket is made from a fabric called Ripstop. This fabric is soft , water repellent and tear proof. This makes it the ideal textile to pack our garments into, keeping them protected when stored in a carry-on bag, purse, suitcase, stroller or at the office. Here is the Sapphire Blue Classic Poppet in the making .The fabric that we use for our Classic style cardigans is also American Made. We purchase only the finest knit jersey from Sextet Fabrics is New York for the Classic Poppet. Sextet Fabrics was founded in 1971 by Ron Ross and five other partners. All of the partners had extensive experience in textiles. Being the end of the go-go Sixties, and there being 6 partners, the name Sextet was chosen. A...
Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs

Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs

Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs Style Begins Within by Amy Olson Who Runs the World…Girls! Watching the movie “Joy”, loosely based on the rise of miracle mop inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano. I couldn’t help but wonder about other female entrepreneurs. What makes a female entrepreneur successful compared to our male counterparts? What skill sets do we posses that help us rise to the top? I wondered…how did these women come up with their innovative product ideas? Today I have the privilege of introducing you to 6 female entrepreneurs, myself included, who came up with innovative products to solve a need. All of these talented women started their companies with a simple, yet innovative idea. An idea that was spawned from frustrations, annoyances or wants they encountered in their everyday lives that sometimes left consumers in awe, thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” These women come from different social, economic and educational backgrounds. Some of us started our companies as stay-at-home moms, while another pursued her dream after receiving her medical degree. A few of us just started our companies while others are seasoned veterans knocking it out of the park. We may differ in many areas, but share passion for our product and the drive to succeed. Female entrepreneurship is on the rise and studies show that we are: Creating jobs Getting funded at a higher rate than ever before Reporting higher pre-tax profits than some of our male counterparts Using our strengths to be successful with six times LESS funding than male entrepreneurs Using the passion for our products to fuel our growth I asked these talented...
Forbes |Pocket Poppet

Forbes |Pocket Poppet

Your Strategy Should Be As Unique As Your Business The marketplace can be a difficult ecosystem in which to thrive. Fortunately, your business has its strengths that differentiate it from the competition. What are those unique strengths, and how does your strategy capitalize on them? You can look at any company’s uniqueness and gain a basic understanding about its viable strategic options.  Building your strategy on the foundation of your uniqueness emphasizes your competitive advantage and makes it harder for the competition to catch up with you. This article highlights four of companies I have come across that have successfully injected what makes them different into their strategies. Which of them offers insights into a strategic direction that you could take advantage of for your company? Simplicity as a strategy. So what if your product is not some hi-tech, cloud-based, umpteen-gigabyte, SaaS app. Go with what you have and keep it simple. Modern technology and all the blinking, ringing gadgets it offers might blind you to the reality that innovation can at times be simple and unplugged. At Pocket Poppet, co-founders Helen Tyler and Karen Hill-Krolow are successfully selling a stylish ladies’ cardigan sweater that conveniently folds into a purse-sized bundle. My wife has two of them and finds them to be both clever and convenient, especially when we travel. Tyler and Hill-Krolow started their company in July 2012 and have sold more than 5,000 units since. “Women often find themselves in places where the temperature is set too low for their comfort. Whether in a museum on vacation or in a cubicle at work, it’s a consistent issue,”...
Pocket Poppet Invention – Helen’s Story

Pocket Poppet Invention – Helen’s Story

Pocket Poppet Invention After a long career in the music industry, hobnobbing with talented big-name artists, Helen’s entrepreneurial spirit and creative passion took over; born of necessity, she created the cardigan in a pocket; the pocket poppet invention is a packable cardigan for women on the go. Tell us a little about your background… I grew up in Quorndon ,a small village two hours north of London, England and am the middle child of five children. We lived in a mid-sized house on a cul-de-sac where everyone knew everyone. It was a great place to grow up and always felt safe and friendly. It was in an era of playing outside and being creative, making up games and stories, raising tents, and digging in the garden. I come from a long line of entrepreneurs; my family has owned a retail store since 1922, Tyler’s of Loughborough (the town in England where it is located). I spent every weekday after school at the shop, waiting for my Dad to finish work so I didn’t have to take the bus. I dug around in the warehouse upstairs and was fascinated by my finds. I loved to take home items that were slightly damaged or unsellable to my Mum—much to her dismay. It felt like I was shopping for free! I liked putting things together, fixing things, and creating things. I would take home packets of seeds so I could grow them in the garden. The store has changed and expanded over the years and is now more of a Crate & Barrel meets Pottery Barn, with some Williams Sonoma and Pandora...