What's the big idea?
Parliament Studios is a new accessory design and production company by the founders of Littlewings Designs and Harbinger Leather Design, opening in GR, July 2014. We’re combining our formerly separate workshops and machinery to improve the manufacturing capabilities of our own brands, and to offer new services to local entrepreneurs.
We want to help promising designers in the field of accessories
to refine the design, construction, and durability of their concepts, and use our accumulated manufacturing skills and equipment to transform those concepts into quality handmade products and brands.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
Baikal Handbag Manufacturers in NYC is a well-reputed production house that we are striving to emulate in our business model. People with product ideas can peruse/contact manufacturers like Baikal to actualize their concepts, via websites that compile fashion industry services such as Maker’s Row.
How are you different from that player?
We don’t want to be different, just authentic. Most USA domestic production houses are in coastal cities, but we know there is a healthy market for our services within the Michigan business ecosystem. We’ve decided to invest our talents here in GR to become a conduit for local entrepreneurship.
How does this idea scale into a big business?
We are mutually invested in the success of each of the diverse accounts that we consult and produce for (as well as our own). We work with our independent clients to adapt their products to their own unique markets, and our order volumes increase in tandem with the growth we cultivate together.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
With our experienced team of artisans, 2 established in-house labels, 7 additional private clients, and a retail arm already established via Parliament the Boutique, our business has a strong foundation; we are dedicated to scaling our craft into big business with the proper funding and support.
What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?
With $5,000 from Start Garden we will commission professional logos, branding, and marketing tools for Parliament Studios, our in-house family of labels, and Parliament the Boutique (our retail arm). We will also invest in improving our website, and outfit our 3 new apprentices with new hand tools.