It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost three years since I decided to step away from my career and start a new journey. I knew I wanted to make a new type of fan apparel for women, but I had absolutely no idea where to start. I interviewed about every factory I could find and finally found someone who was willing to work with me. And, it was terrible. As in the type of terrible that made me wonder if I’d made a big mistake. So I started over. Two more factories, two more terrible experiences. After three failed attempts, I was an inch away from giving up. And then, a very kind woman gave me the name of her manufacturing partner (something very rare in this world). I met the man in this picture and haven’t looked back. His team has made the vast majority of Stewart Simmons garments and has been an absolute Godsend. The ups and down of having a business (and well, just life) are real. It’s hard. But sometimes, you have to put one foot ahead of the other and know that if you do, the right people can show up at just the right time.