Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind it?
My name is Callen Elizabeth, as a child my nickname was Calibeth, I guess it’s a Southern thing to combine your name 😉
Have you always been passionate about design?
Yes, I always knew I wanted to do something in design; whether it be interiors or fashion, I have always had a fascination with textiles, art, and design.
When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?
I attended Savannah College of Art and Design where I studied Fashion Design. I actually was planning on designing womenswear, but once in school I discovered that I liked to make my own prints. A lot of my prints can be a little bold for adults, but totally fun for kids. I thought it would be nice to apply my womenswear design skills with my kid-like prints.
What do you think sets your designs apart from others?
Our prints! Designed by me, they usually tell a story about what the collection is about that season. Almost everything is interchangeable, so you can mix and match anything! Also a lot of our pieces are unisex, which is pretty awesome.
Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?
OMG, everyday! Having started this straight out of college, I continue to learn everyday from my mistakes.
Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?
Time, but I don’t regret it by any means. My husband and I live and breathe Calibeth. If it’s not at the office, we are talking about it on our evening walks with our dog. We are constantly trying to come up with new ideas, new inspiration, and new business ideas.
What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?
Passing someone in the grocery store or at the park wearing your design. It’s pretty cool I must say.
How does the city you live in influence your work?
Atlanta has recently done so many new renovations to a lot of historic neighborhood; bringing in a lot of amazing architecture, open markets, amazing and different restaurants, just a new vibe throughout the city. I am also hoping to open the minds of new parents that bows and smocked dresses are not all what the South has to be about anymore!
What made you take this leap into being your own boss?
My father started his own business 20 years ago, so it is something I always thought I would like to do, maybe not as early as I did, but it has all been worth it!
What are some inspirations for your work?
Each season we have various inspirations throughout our prints. This Spring collection was inspired by western landscape fused with bright pastels.
What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?
Trust your gut! So many people are going to tell you one thing, and when you change it someone will tell you the opposite! Do your research and do what you feel is right!