Man…Starting a business is a hell of a lot of work and a hell of a lot of fun. But in all the setting up, research, and legalities, we never seemed to introduce ourselves. You would figure that with the internet and social media being so integrated into our lives we would have even accidentally given you some info. But we have been busy little beavers learning all about forming an LLC, business taxes, and planning some awesome events.
But here we are, still in the set up stage, and we are going start out proper:
We are Andrea and Clarissa, two women who met in college when we were orientation leaders (we went to art school, so we swear it isn’t as cheesy as you are imagining) as we planned and executed dozens of events for scared freshman. Clarissa earned her degree in Marketing and Management of the Arts and while mine was in creative writing.
We kept in contact as we went out into the real world. Clarissa immediately started in the world of event while I worked in bars, restaurants, and clubs as I went to grad school. The bars and clubs hosted so many events, movie premiers, fashion shows, and product launches that I couldn’t resist in being involved behind the scenes. I dove in and learned everything I could.
It was still a few years before Clarissa and I started talking about forming our own event company, but those years were spent learning the industry from the inside, and are largely uninteresting to you. We dreamed of designing events that our current employers were too conservative to put on but we toiled away, working and learning. All the while, imagining the day that we would be our own bosses and chose the events that we wanted to do.
And that is how Taffeta & Tattoos was born.
At first it was a side business, it allowed us to have the creative freedom that we craved, yet have the security of full time positions. Yet, we never stopped dreaming of the day when we could have that freedom full time. We started slowly – first a name, then filed paperwork, and started to let people know that we were going out on our own.
The whole business snowballed faster than we anticipated, we created a logo and website, then started planning and designing our events. That independence was even greater than we had imagined, we loved taking chances, we loved being able to take on the clients that are looking for something a bit different, we loved doing the events we were excited about.
Though that was almost two years ago, we are still setting up the details. We really did hit the ground running, we got caught up in all of our events and never properly introduced ourselves. Now, we have the time to step back and we wanted to do it right. We just redesigned the website and along with it our new blog. We hope that you will visit the site and blog (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for inspiration, advice, and expertise (you may even get a cute dog or cat photo every now and then). We hope you will hire us for your wedding, your corporate event, your kick ass party. We hope you recommend us to your friends, colleagues, and strangers you encounter on the street.
We are two real women (and a dog and cat) who love design and having a damned good time.
Andrea & Clarissa