Meet Orsolya Meckl of incolorboutique.com
Tell us about your products. where they are made. who makes them. favorite product features.
I represent three woman designed, woman owned and woman operated fashion companies from my home country in Hungary. Two specialize in very unique and exceptional knitwear designs and the third in accessories made of wood and fabric or yarn. Knitwear has become a low priority for the major brands and these designers focus exclusively upon this underserved niche. They’ve mastered knitwear fashion and design at a very high level. I have the exclusive opportunity to introduce these unique pieces for American women.
Tell us about your connection to chicago. your neighborhood.
As a recent immigrant, I had the choice to start and build my new life anywhere in the USA. No past, no strings anywhere. I am so happy that a serendipitous coincidence brought me here to Chicago. The vibe in this city is exceptional. I find it invigorating walking in the shadow of the skyscrapers by day and as the city illuminates at dusk. Additionally, I found the love of my life here, he has connected me to a Chicago I would otherwise never see or know.
What do you love about your business, your industry.
I love the happiness, the sparkles I see in a woman’s eyes when they find that special garment or accessory. I imagine they will feel this way each time they wear it, it brings me joy. I also find great pleasure guiding them to choices that complement their own natural colors, their eyes and hair color, skin tone and of course body shape. Having studied the science of color analysis and styling, I’ve learned what colors complement the people who wear them. I use this knowledge to assist my customers to look their very best. This is a specialty service I would like to further develop in the future.
Tell us about your design inspiration.
In the words of one of my designers: “Every collection starts with a taste, a smell, a touch or an image, a thought, a feeling or a unique atmosphere. It develops into a vision which creates an image in my mind. Then I fill it up with patterns and color combinations and produce sketches. When I see how the apparel pieces are coming down from the knitting machine, when I see and touch the selected color pairs with the patterns in reality, I feel moments of triumph. This is a never ending cycle of creativity, the collections are continuation of each other and they grow organically as a never ending scarf. There is no split in it and I never tie up the ends of the threads.”
What advice do you have for other creative entrepreneurs?
My mum used to say to me when I faced so many tasks it seemed so overwhelming: “Every big mountains can be moved by a consistent, systematic work even with a little wheelbarrow.” Remembering this saying always helps me push that first wheelbarrow load.
Share some wise words.
Dilma Rousseff said: “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say ‘yes, women can.” I am very proud that I represent successful and original, empowered women designers.
Surprise us with something we’d never guess about you.
I graduated as a medical doctor. Then pursued a public health and healthcare software career in Hungary. I enjoyed a stable and rewarding profession and then won the diversity visa lottery which brought me to the USA. I probably would have never become a fashionista entrepreneur had I not been offered a green card and the opportunity to live and work in the US. This dramatic change, this extraordinary opportunity has given me the inspiration and courage to pursue that which I had always a secret desire to do.
What's the most common question you get about your business?
“Are you also online?” And my answer: “Yes, I’m online.” However what is most often said is “These are so differently beautiful, I have never seen anything like this”. And another one which is among the most recent and most memorable: “That’s not fashion, that’s art!” I always wanted to offer the unique and different, it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to do so.
Tell us about your process for making + creating.
Zsuzsanna, one of my knitwear designers strives to design and create unique forms, textures and styles, some of them unexpected and surprising in knitwear. My other knitwear designer, Krisztina designs a more traditional silhouette always incorporating two colors. For her the source of her inspiration is finding harmony among her very unique, artistic pattern and colors. She creates from each pattern and color-pair one single piece. What she makes is not fashion, it’s art! Andrea, the accessory designer was inspired by her carpenter father. She prepares her patented accessories on a surprisingly light wood base, incorporating her carefully selected fabric pieces and yarns. Her designs are inspired by the very unique one-of-a-kind textiles what she uses.
Name 3 local makers/brands that inspire you and why.
AZEEZA for her use of color, Isabelle Gougenheim, and Malka-Chic also for their colors and for their insight and willingness to share their experience with me.
What is the best advice you've ever been given and how has it shaped you and your business?
“You are the only one, unreplaceable and unrepeatable”. I also view my customers this way. I see the beauty and uniqueness in everybody, I analyze their natural colors and body shape to emphasize and strengthen their natural beauty by choosing the best color and design for them. If they are happy with their first purchase, I am confident they will return to choose another from my collection.
How did you choose the name “incolorboutique” for your business?
It’s the difference between an old black and white movie and one in color. Color is like spice. It adds flavor and depth, it’s the difference between bland and flavorful. I have enjoyed the privilege to travel rather extensively, marveling at the colors that abound in so many places, in so many cultures. The happier the people, the happier the place, the more colorful it is. My fashion shares a common theme, that is, why dress like everyone else? It seems we have embraced a limited palette of black, white, grey and blue. Any additional color is usually found on the running shoes worn with yoga pants. A blast of color easily sets the woman who wears my fashions apart from the nearly monochromatic styles worn wherever you look. I feel my mission is to dress everybody in the colors that’s right for them, add a punch of color to enhance that perfect outfit. There’s nothing like it when the colors of your apparel enhance your natural colors. You'll look vibrant and receive that special compliment. That’s how the name “incolorboutique” came to me, you’ll look your best “in color”.
How can we learn more or shop online.
Visit incolorboutique.com or follow @incolorboutique
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