Meet the Mentor: Noah Marion

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What does your business do? We design and craft timeless classics by hand using small batch manufacturing right here in Austin, TX

When did you start your business? We started in 2006.

What kind of work were you doing before you started your business?  Interior and Home Design and Restaurant Hospitality.

What was the biggest challenge in getting started? Just getting that first order and then getting the second and so on and so forth.  Just being crazy enough to start this thing, really.


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What product are you most proud of?    I wish I could pick one product.  I’m most excited about our new fragrance right now.  It’s taken over two years of development and I just absolutely love the fragrance!

How did you find your first few customers? Most of the true, real, first customers were friends and family but the first strangers came from Pinterest interestingly enough.

What marketing tactics have been most successful for you? I really love Pinterest, Instagram and just word of mouth the most.

Who are three creatives that inspire you? Kyle who owns D’emploi Brooklyn, Caleb and Ryan over at LAND and my buddy Aaron over at Draplin Design

What does a typical day look like for you?  Well there is no typical day.  I make breakfast and then sit on my porch for a few hours in the morning.  I open the shop, check orders, make orders, finish up correspondence and such throughout the day.  I don’t really spend any specific time staging photographs or updating the website, it just sort of happens when necessary.  Most of the day is spent making leather goods and running the business.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you started your business? I wish I knew where that money tree was so I could just go and pick some whenever I wanted.  In all honesty, I think I’ve learned a tremendous amount throughout the years but there’s not one thing that I think, “Oh man, I wish I’d known about that…”

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