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BEAUTY & FASHION

Q&A with Shannon Lima, Founder of Pickles N' Roses

Mable Yiu

How did you come up with the name Pickles N' Roses?

Pickles N’ Roses is named after my Grandmother’s nickname “Grandma Rose Pickle Nose. Growing up I would help my Grandmother at local fairs and craft shows. She loved creating and selling things, and I loved helping her! So, it only made sense to name the line after her since she was such a huge part of the inspiration behind starting. 

Please tell us about your most popular piece—the knit stretch harem shorties/pants—and how the idea for them came about. 

I was tired of basic baby leggings and wanted something my kids wouldn’t grow out of in a week! So I created comfy-fit harem pants with a foldable ankle cuff and used fun printed, comfortable fabrics. With an oversized fit and our custom stretchy material, our harems will grow with your babe and be super cozy! 

Where do you source your materials/prints from? 

In our FW16 collection, Pickles N’ Rose's team of artists painted every pattern by hand exclusively for Pickles. We then make the hand-painted patterns into a digital file and send them to be printed on to our comfy stretch-knit fabrics. Everything is sourced domestically in the United States and printed and handmade in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. We attend fabric trade shows a few times a year to ensure we always have the best and most comfortable fabric possible for our designs! 

Do you have a favorite article of clothing from the line?

I love our harems! They are always a go-to for my kids. Also, for Pickles Fall/Winter, we have adorable long-sleeved twirly day dresses coming out that I am in love with! Can’t wait to have them in the shop in just a few short weeks. 

When you went to fashion school, did you have any idea that you would end up creating your own baby apparel line?

Absolutely not. When I was attending The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, the last thing on my mind was anything baby. Little did I know that very soon, baby-everything would be my entire world. Between my two little girls and Pickles N’ Roses, my life is all about baby and I love it that way. 

What advice to you have for women trying to balance both a family and career?

To be completely and totally honest, it’s not easy and it’s a constant balancing act. When people say, “it takes a village” that is no joke… and I think a lot of moms can relate to that. But, if you have something in life that you love, you can make it work. I’m lucky enough to have a passion that aligns with my kids, they inspire me constantly on new pieces I want to work on, patterns for upcoming collections, etc... But, my advice would be to just let your family inspire you in your career and whatever it is you’re passionate about. And if you’re ever working from home, nap-time is crunch-time. 

When can we expect the shop to re-open?

The shop will re-open at the end of October! We can’t wait to release our new pieces for Fall/Winter—including harem pants, rompers, and our printed day dresses.

What's next for Pickles N' Roses?

We are focusing on expanding to wholesale and the re-launch of our new website. Also, continuing to create the highest-quality, American made and designed pieces for baby! 

By Mable Yiu

Photos courtesy of Pickles N' Roses