Raise your hand if you’ve had a parent, grandparent, or parent figure teach you to cook, ride a bike, sew, or teach you any other skill? We all have memories of special people in our lives that taught us life lessons and skills. It’s that sense of tradition that was passed down to inspire Kristen Walla and her business, Haddie Bear Bows and Clothes. 

The slogan for HBBC says it all: “Childhood is short. Stand out!”

Kristen sure embodies that slogan and definitely stands out. I had the pleasure of meeting this young, blossoming business owner when she came to my studio needing branding and lifestyle photos for her business, I felt an instant connection with her!

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She came from a small town South of San Antonio but don’t let that fool you, she’s got big plans! I took one look at her charming children’s clothing and first thought, “What can I get for my little girl!?” Haddie Bear really seems to have the perfect little bows, dresses and rompers for every little girl. These handmade items are perfect for photo sessions, birthday presents, holidays, and just because dressing up is fun!

I love supporting small businesses, there’s usually a good story with how they start. I found out a few important things about Kristen after our consultation that led to the way I approached this special photo session:

  • Her love of her mother and grandmother inspires all parts of her business, especially her style!
  • Her passion is married with her drive.
  • This momma bear gives back! 

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Me: “These bows, dresses, and rompers seem like every little girl’s dream! Tell me about your inspiration.”

Kristen: “Some of my earliest memories were putting together scrap fabrics to make outfits and learning to sew them with my grandmother. Haddie Bear Bows and Clothes began as Haddie Bear Bows in December 2016 and my inspiration was my daughter, Hadley, in the beginning. The expansion into the clothing line is dedicated to my mom and grandmother.  You’ll see a “vintage” feel to some of my designs. When I’m stuck, I like to go through those old scraps in my late grandmother’s closet that we used to work with years ago and put together patterns and color schemes! It always gets the creative ideas flowing.” 

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Me: “How has your business grown and changed?”

Kristen: “HBBC had had a steady growth since we began! It has taken a lot of hard work, late nights, and plain ol’ hustle, but I am proud to say that we are thriving. HBBC is adapting,  changing, and learning as I go.” 

Me: “All businesses start out small; where do you see it growing in the next 10 years?”

Kristen: “In 10 years, I would love to have made an impact in contributions to the charities we donate to. 10% of the profits from a segment of the clothing line is donated to specific charities in place to help children all over the world.” 

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Me: “It seems like you really do make this a family affair with your mom, did that inspire you to look for that small business in El Salvador to help produce orders?”

Kristen: “With my mom and grandmother being my primary inspiration, this business is about family. We were so humbled and honestly, surprised, at the feedback we were getting when we showed off our first designs! The demand quickly grew to a point where we could not keep up and I wanted as many mommas and little girls to have the designs they wanted, so I knew we needed to expand our team at that point. After lots of searching, I found the kindest little family sewing business in El Salvador and decided to give them a try. It was months and months of communicating and trials before I put my full trust in them to sew that HBBC tag in! Now, 10% of the profits from these pieces is donated back to children’s charities in El Salvador. About half of the released designs are still sewn by my mom and one other seamstress in the U.S., but those designs are more limited in quantities.” 

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Me: “How did you find the charity you chose to give back even further with your business?” 

Kristen: “Global Giving is the charity organization I chose after lots of research and talking with actual team members from their company. I love the fact that I can choose specific causes to donate to- I.e. projects that benefit children!” 

Me: “Okay, since you’ve got such a fun personality I know you have some fun facts about yourself and your business!”

Kristen: “Here are 4 things!

1) I love to run! It is my stress relief. My favorites are 5ks, half marathons, and obstacle courses. I ran 3 miles the day before each of my kiddos were born!

2) I grew up on a produce farm- strawberries, blackberries, peaches, oranges, plums, peppers, and more! 

3) I get lost everywhere. If I didn’t have GPS or landmarks, I would never make it anywhere that wasn’t off the main road.

4) Being a native Texan, I could live on Mexican food and tacos (if I could still fit in my jeans after a couple of weeks)! My favorite snack is fresh fruit sprinkled with way too much Lucus and chili powder. 

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Fun facts about my business: Every single bow is hand crafted by me only! I do not contract any help with bows. While I do the majority of running this business on my own, I do have the most incredible rep team supporting me every step of the way. They help me promote, talk to customers, run contests, make graphics, social media, and much more…including moral support! 

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  1. Melissa Evans

    January 26th, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Love this gal and her business!

  2. Kristen

    January 26th, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Beautifully written, Melissa! Thank you so much for all your hard work and creative ideas toward this branding video and photos.

  3. Melissa Evans

    January 30th, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    You’re very welcome, Kristen, I had so much fun working on this project with you and can’t wait to do more! I’m looking forward to seeing where your thriving business goes in the coming years! Congratulations!

  4. Alicia w

    January 29th, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    We love HBBC! I think this was a beautifully written article & highlights everything we love about hbbc. 💕

  5. Melissa Evans

    January 30th, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you, Alicia! It’s always awesome to highlight small business owners. I very much enjoyed working with Kristen on this project; I’ve never had anyone squeal while watching their video and pictures, lol!

  6. Manuela Faulk

    January 29th, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    OMG!!! I NEED that purple outfit!!! NEED IT!!! I was so excited to watch this video!!! I love these bows so much! I love it even more when my co workers and other people say “is that a Haddie Bear bow?” 😁 sure is!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  7. Nicole Jaeger

    January 29th, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    We are expecting our first HBB in the mail today and we are so excited! All of her bows are gorgeous and she doesn’t an amazing job!

  8. Brianna Garzes

    January 29th, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    We love HBBC! Kristen is great at what she does; we are never disappointed! I love the fact that even though she’s from our little town she has created a thriving business and has made such an impact on others lives!

    P.s.- Beautifully written article and photos!

  9. Melissa Evans

    January 30th, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Thank you, Brianna! I am happy to know her! Stay tuned, I have a feeling we’ll see this blooming business on our site again 😉

  10. Jennifer Barron

    January 29th, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Love haddie bear bows and Kristen SO much and am so proud to be apart of this HBB family! I’m excited for all the great things to come for her and her business.

  11. Shelby

    January 29th, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Awwww these are so adorable! We are expecting our first bow soon!

  12. Catie

    January 29th, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    We absolutely love HBBC and Kristen! She gets to know her customers and our preferences, so it makes each order a little more personal. She is a remarkable woman; I can’t wait to see how HBBC grows and expands as our Littles get older! (I also can’t wait for that chicken bubble to be in my closet!!)

  13. Kailee

    January 29th, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    So excited for the spring line! In LOVE with that chicken bubble! 😍

  14. M

    January 30th, 2018 at 1:13 am

    OMg so cute!!!!!

  15. Alison

    January 30th, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Omg so cute!!

  16. Samantha

    January 30th, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful 💕 we are so excited for spring !

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