The Globe And Mail Shelby Walsh

By: Jaime Neely - Jul 24, 2014
References: theglobeandmail
Trend Hunter's President Shelby Walsh recently interviewed Toronto design entrepreneur Hannah Browne to discuss her company 'Brooch Boyfriends.' Interviewing Hannah on behalf of the Globe and Mail, Shelby learned Hannah's inspiration to start Brooch Boyfriends, the challenges she faces as an entrepreneur as well as tips for designers hoping to start their own business.

Whether a client is looking for a brooch replica of their boyfriend, husband, brother, father or even celebrity crush, Hannah will dedicate her time hand-cutting and hand-stitching every single product. Calling this process a 'labour of love,' Hannah notes that it is the joy these small pieces bring to her customers that inspires her to continue growing her business.

Hannah's tips for budding entrepreneurs in the crafting industry are to create as much product as possible and to attend art show after art show to meet new sellers.

A crafty way to show off your boyfriend (or celebrity crush)

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Hannah Browne has helped many clients celebrate loved ones and get over the heartbreak. Her personality-packed felt pins, portraying 'celebrities' like The Fresh Prince, Ron Burgundy and even ‘custom’ boyfriends, encourage people to wear their hearts on their chests.

Whether it’s a long-time lover, someone on Tinder, or a famous crush, she’ll handcraft a brooch to make ladies (and fellas!) feel like they’re on Cloud 9. Her pins retail from $15 to $40.

Read the full article at The Globe and Mail.