Lindsay of Happy Soul Handmade makes fun & functional headbands from the most colorful, high quality fabrics. And, we love that she’s bringing the scrunchy back! A Scrantonian who now resides in Philadelphia, we are excited that she’s heading back home to be part of Arts on the Square!
Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Happy Soul Handmade.
I grew up in Scranton (SHS Class of ’00) but now make my home in Philadelphia. I started Happy Soul Handmade about a year ago selling headbands and scrunchies mostly online. I used to buy this style of headband at running expos and would pay up to $10 a piece. Finally, I figured out how to make them myself and my obsession with fabrics began- I love patterns and textures. Before I was really ready to take the plunge into selling, I made headbands just for myself and a few friends but didn’t tell them, until after I knew that they liked them, that I was the one who made the headbands. Once my pickiest friends fell in love with my headbands I knew I was ready to start selling them online. That’s when I started Happy Soul Handmade on Etsy. My headbands have since been featured in blogs, local media outlets, and a shop on Drexel’s campus.
What types of products will you be featuring at AOTS?
I will be selling my most popular style of workout headbands and hopefully a few scrunchies too- since apparently, those are back in style!
Do you have a favorite design?
I have a few all-time favorite fabrics that have sold out in my shop. I basically fall in love with every new fabric that arrives and it isn’t until I see someone wearing it, that I remember how much I loved one of the retired fabrics. One of my first favorites, Peacock Feathers, was instantly popular so I went back to the fabric store and bought 5 yards of the fabric which can easily make about 200 headbands. I’m down to only a few headbands left of that fabric, so now I regret not buying the whole bolt!
What makes your product unique?
I think what makes my brand desirable is that my headbands are made from different types of fabric than what you would find at a store. I feature some made from sweat-wicking material, similar to a swimsuit, but also some super soft knits that you won’t find in a headband from the drug store. The style is designed to keep the headband in place while you go about your daily life (however active you may be) which is a big plus but it also looks great on both men, women, and kids!
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