Smart, crafty and a big Disney fan, all of these words describe Alana Little, Founder of Make Pie Not War. MPNW (@makepie) the classic and entertaining jewelry company that pairs elegant and handmade design, with hip and funky culture stamps. We met Alana at AmericasMart in Atlanta, GA and knew we had met a star. Our interview with Alana is filled with great tips on being a one person shop, believing in yourself and how to simply just make $1 into $2. Read on and learn how Alana is building her empire one handmade piece at a time.
Q&A With Alana...
Q: Where do you call home?
A: California is my home and my love.
Q: What's the idea behind Make Pie Not War?
A: I wanted to represent the lighter said of life, where we could share happiness and love with the world. Think about it; no one fights over pie, pie means happy time.
Q: Did you always know you were going to run your own company?
A: I actually started off working in corporate america. I got my degree from Fresno State and then got bored with accounting (wasn't creative enough. LOL). My husband told me to quit, but I was nervous about money and more importantly not having any. Eventually I gathered the courage to quit and left for fashion school. At FIBM, I got my Fashion Design degree and now I have both business and design in my back pocket.
Q: What advice do you give to that creative currently working in a career they don't want?
A: Honestly, you have to listen to your inner voice. If you feel you are not in the right place, then you need to change the place. Regardless of anything, you must push forward. Lastly, find a way to get a business background because you will need it.
Q: What inspires and motivates you outside of fashion?
A: Wow, this is a great question. Definitely inspired by my faith in GOD. Fashion is brutal and its important to have something that is more important. My family and friends also share in my inspiration.
Q: Why did you get into jewelry and accessories?
A: I got into making jewelry because I felt like I could do it better and bring something new. Making custom presents the opportunity to not have to turn away concepts.
Q: Is it better to start your own line or work for someone else?
A: Honestly it depends. I think its all about your personality and risk tolerance. I learned a lot watching my husband make mistakes as an entrepreneur. If you can do an internship or other learning exercise, then do it.
Q: Where can people find your products?
A: I mainly host my products on Etsy and through our wholesale partners. I had a showroom once and they were good advocates for my brand. Plus the cost was prohibitive.
This interview with Alana was so awesome for us and we learned a ton. We hope that the short read brought some insight and encouragement into your creative endeavors. Check out a few of her cool products below and be sure to catch up with Alana on Etsy and Instagram.