I recently spoke with Leah Yahyavi (sweet last name) from Lagoon Designs. Her site and collections are inspired by the sea. Being mermaids ourselves, we naturally, wanted to get to know Leah. Check out our interview below:
What is the story behind Lagoon Designs?
Lagoon Designs is a small clothing company from Santa Barbara that is fueled by the idea of creating homegrown hand printed apparel. Lagoon Designs was created by Leah Yahyavi in 2014 right after the plastic bag ban had passed in Santa Barbara. The original online shop was created through Etsy and only included silk screened cotton tote bags. Lagoon Designs was then launched in Summer 2015 and included Men/Women's apparel and the original cotton tote bags. Lagoon captures the essence of California casual and all designs are sea inspired.
What is the mission of Lagoon Designs and where do you see yourself in the future?
Our mission is to use fashion to inspire individuals to recognize their impact on the oceans and our planet. To always choose to shop locally if it is accessible. We try to reduce our waste as much as possible. All shipping packaging is made from 100% recycled materials, recyclable and biodegradable. As our printing products are also environmentally friendly as we do not use any harsh chemicals. We hope to lead the way towards sustainable consumerism! The future of Lagoon is promising, we hope to spread Lagoon to other small family run shops and continue to expand our online store.
What gets you out of bed every morning?
My customers do! I love reading how people wear or use their bags. It really is the best feeling. I run every aspect of Lagoon from customer service, printing, designing/ graphic design, social media to processing orders. So waking up to these little but very meaningful comments in the morning makes me even more motivated to get the day started!
What gets you through the "tough" days?
Music and designing graphics for new apparel.
What advise can you give to other female entrepreneurs?
If you love it, do it.
What is your motto?
Inspired by the sea // Made by the sea.
A beautiful motto for a beautiful company, Lagoon Designs.