From laser technician and skin consultant, to owner of her own creative e-commerce shop, Laura Derksen has truly leapt between worlds in order to find her dream career. Now, as the founder of Arrow & Lace Designs, she is able to fully indulge in her love and passion for crafting whimsical children’s accessories on a daily (and nightly!) basis.
Laura’s success happened rather organically following the birth of her first child, a daughter named Ariella. After hand-making headband accessories for her little girl, Laura’s friends started to pick up on her talent, and word-of-mouth demand eventually gave way to a brand. Today, Arrow & Lace offers everything from girls’ headbands to boys’ bow ties, and everything is linked by the beautiful metallic and vintage-inspired aesthetic that Laura loves.
Below, we invite you to click through for a tour of Laura’s dreamy, bright white studio space where the Arrow & Lace collections come to life! And as an added bonus from today’s feature, Laura is offering Glitter Guide readers an exclusive 30 percent discount on regularly priced items with coupon code “GG30.”
Tell us the story behind Arrow & Lace! When did the idea to open shop occur to you, and how has it grown since the beginning?
Before Arrow & Lace, I worked as a laser technician and skin consultant. I had my daughter, Ariella, in May of 2010 and after a year of maternity leave, I couldn’t bear the thought of working full time again. Having my daughter opened my eyes to the rather large world of childrens’ accessories, and since I had already been making them for Ariella and friends, the demand quickly grew.
Starting a business was very new and fun for me, but also a challenging and great learning experience. After building my original company, Crystal Clear Boutique, I learned so much that a rebrand was in order. In August of 2013, my son, Kenton, was born. Six months later, I launched Arrow & Lace Designs after spending a great deal of time planning, researching and creating a new business from all the lessons I had learned from my previous business.
Arrow & Lace has grown quickly, and for that I am so grateful! I really enjoy the networking aspect of running a business, which has helped in the growth department. Right now there are so many new designs in the works—I can’t wait to share them!