In honor of Mother’s Day, we are bringing you a week’s worth of interviews about businesses that are either started by moms, mom & daughters or work that has been inspired by motherhood.
Our last interview comes from our very own founder, Heather Lipner and her mom, Joyce Lipner. They share memories, a love for shoes, and a passion for creativity.
Does Heather get her passion for design from you?
Joyce: I am not sure about the origin of Heather’s passion for design, but I will tell you that she had her own style from very early on. I always made sure that she could pick out her own clothing even as early on as 2 years old. She always had her own sense of style that others copied.
How has your mother influenced you in your creative choices?
Heather: I think creativity comes from a strong sense of confidence. My mom has taught me to be anything I want, to express myself however it emotes, to strive to be the best person I can be and never wait for anyone to do things for me. My creative choices are powered by that freedom, expression, hunger, and the confidence that wills it.
Have you ever collaborated on any projects?
Joyce: Perhaps we have. I love to sew, knit and crochet. We have worked on building a padded headboard as well as other projects like drapery, and/or custom pillows. It’s always great to hear an idea and then make it happen in its own unique way.
Heather: My momma is the ultimate supporter and collaborator. Whenever I wanted to do a creative project, she not only would get sincerely excited, but she’d also run to store with me, and pick out the materials. Then she’d not only teach me, but get in on the mix as well; staple gun, hang, nail, sew, whatever it took. We’ve done so many projects together - headboards, pillows, duvets, upholstery, the list goes on. While our styles are quite different, I like to think that I’ve inspired her home remodeling choices as well.
What’s one of your favorite memories from Heather’s childhood?
Joyce: There are so many! I guess my very favorite is a birthday party she held. She decided that her party would have a theme—a tea party in which all her friends had to “dress up” in stylish clothing and hats and bring some “gossip” to share. I am not sure who had a better time, her little friends or the moms!
What’s one of your favorite childhood memories with your mother?
Heather: My mom had summers off so I’d wait until I heard my dad leave for work, then jump into her bed and we’d watch soaps all morning. It was like that every single summer. All my acting skills comes from Days of Our Lives.
Is there anything from Heather’s closet you’ve got your eye on?
Joyce: I love shoes and boy does she have some wonderful shoes!
Do you take style inspiration from your mother’s closet?
Heather: Oh gosh. I remember she had amazing high heel boots. I wanted them so badly but was too ‘young’ to wear them. By the time I was old enough my feet were bigger than a size 6.5. Still pissed. We lived in Chicago and it was the ’80s and I adored her fur coats and would literally just hang out in the closet with them. She had great accessories - jewelry & belts & hats.
Photos courtesy of Heather Lipner.
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