MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.
Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is...the founder of The Shine Collection, Dianne Brickman!
Tell us a little bit about your background, motherhood and what inspired you to start The Shine Collection…
I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Syracuse University. I graduated with a degree in Retail Management and spent several years in New York City working in both marketing and management. I worked for iconic brands like Barneys New York, Nike and DKNY Coats. I loved the excitement of living and working in Manhattan, but when I met my husband, I relocated to be with him in Washington, DC.
We started a family and I chose to become a stay at home mom for many years. As our children grew up, I decided to launch a business that would allow me flexibility, but enable me to indulge my love of style and selling.
The Shine Collection started in 2013 with just one style, our Classic Tunic. I had been wearing tunics that I purchased from a website and found that I was getting compliments from women of all ages! I thought that if this style appealed to women in their teens to those in their 60’s, I wanted to make my own. I love that tunics flatter women of all ages and shapes. They can be worn over a bathing suit or with a pair of white jeans for a fresh, sophisticated look. Since the launch of the business, we have added additional styles (including lounge wear), but always kept the focus on casual fashion.
What’s unique about The Shine Collection and why should MBM readers purchase your clothing?
What’s unique is that all of our Shine Collection garments are designed with hand blocked cotton fabrics made in India. Hand block printing is an old Indian art form. It uses hand carved teak wood block that is dipped in natural dyes and stamped by hand onto cotton. The subtle differences in the fabrics add to the unique style making each garment, one of a kind, just like the woman who wears it.
The line is perfect for the South Florida lifestyle. Colorful, casual styles that can be worn to the beach or a backyard BBQ. With a boho, preppy style, The Shine Collection line appeals to the young and young at heart.
What new and exciting things are coming up for your business?
I’ve always had a strong commitment to giving back to the community. During the past year, I have participated in events from Miami to West Palm Beach. I am always on the lookout for ways to promote The Shine Collection and help raise money for local charities in the area. We are excited to support the community around us.
What do you love about living and working in South Florida?
I am coming up on my one year South Florida-versary! The weather is amazing and we love taking advantage of the Florida lifestyle. Golf, tennis and hanging out on the beach is for us. Our motto is, “Beach days are the best days!” I’m glad we can combine Florida living with our working lifestyle as a family.
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