We've got spirit, yes we do! Click here to read more about a local designer offering unique spirit wear items and handcrafted home decor.
When it comes to fashion, we don’t want to be wearing the same thing as the person next to us. That desire for custom clothing isn’t unique to just one person, and Jennifer Curtis is here to help.
Curtis is the founder of OBC’s Innovative Designs, a small business that designs and makes custom clothing and home decor.
“I focus on providing soft and cozy items like clothing, pillows, and blankets with fun and unique designs,” she explains. “I also make handcrafted items from felt, wood, and yard that have a cozy home vibe.”
The inspiration for OBC’s Innovative Designs came about in 2011 when Curtis was struggling to find the styles of custom clothing she wanted. “I was coaching competition cheerleading and had specific ideas in mind for spirit wear,” she says. “Since I couldn’t find what I wanted, I decided to figure out how to make it myself.”
The Etsy shop launched in 2011, and Curtis signed up to sell her items at events and she started to sell locally to sports organizations. From there, the rest is history. By fall 2011 she was asked to make spirit wear for a gym in Texas and has been busy ever since.
Curtis is the one-woman show behind OBC’s Innovative Designs. “I work a lot of long hours and wear a lot of hats,” she says. “I am the creator, designer, maker, accountant, buyer, researching, and marketing person, etc.”
While Curtis is the one who runs the business, she says she enjoys the job and feels fortunate to be able to make things that others enjoy.
When you shop OBC’s Innovative Designs, you’ll find that there are original items for sports groups, small businesses, and events. “I can put the designs on shirts, pants, blankets, pillows, accessories and much more,” says Curtis.
Additionally, her home decor items are made from wood, felt, and yard, and she offers heirloom quality pieces that can take more than 10 hours to make.
While the concept of a spirit wear and home decor design business isn’t uncommon, OBC’s Innovative Designs are unique because they aren’t mass produced. “You will not see a hundred other people with the same shirt, blanket, or home decor item,” she adds. “Many of my hand crafted home decor items are one-of-a-kind, so you are truly getting something special. I personally like having things that are a bit different and unique, so I try to offer that to my customers.”
Curtis is looking forward to the start of a new decade with OBC’s Innovative Designs.
“Last year, I purchased a Glowforge 3D laser printer because I really wanted to create custom pieces from wood and leather,” she says. “I started out making ornaments last year and people seemed to really like those.”
So this year, she plans on giving some attention to create new items like leather-patched ball caps, tiered tray decor, and door signs. “I will be making these items for Vintage Market Days and other spring events,” she says. “I am also working with sublimation; I’m just starting this process, so I need to make sure I can offer the right quality before I offer to sell it.”