Double Clutched is a small business based out of Columbus. Owner, Cheryl Williams, creates unique bags and accessories by hand. We interviewed this amazing local entrepreneur to learn more about her Ohio-made business. Meet Double Clutched on June 3, 2018 at our Summer Maker Mart in Columbus, Ohio!
Tell us about your Ohio-made business.
Double Clutched is owned by Cheryl Williams and was started in 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. You’ll find uniquely crafted and inspiring functional handcrafted clutches, wallets, and handbags from Double Clutched. In 2017, Double Clutched expanded to the Double Clutched Mobile Shop, which is a 6x12 trailer turned lifestyle goods and accessories shop. Each vendor inside the mobile shop is a women owned business and the items are handcrafted and from all over the United States.
What drew you to your craft?
Both my mother and brother sew. They are gifted with the craft of sewing clothing. Myself, not so much. I sew clothes for myself but that’s were I know my limitations. 😊 However handbags can be created to be so bold yet also functional. Everyone doesn’t necessarily want the same styled tote or crossbody bag. They may want something only a few people can get and something that compliments what they already wear and feel comfortable in.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
Last winter I started making a new design for my fold over clutches. They are so functional having a back pocket along with a snap closure but are still compact. I’ll start adding adjustable straps to them soon, to be used as a crossbody bag.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut. I will still go to space given the chance. In April I got to see the Endeavor Space Shuttle in person and it was so amazing to experience.
What is your creative process?
Designs have to make sense to me. A nice looking bag or wallet is nothing if you can’t fit anything in it or only use it to look good. It needs to be functional AND look good. I only pick designs based on that. Fabrics have to unique, likeable, and something that looks nice on a variety of designs. Those two together is what inspires me to create my bags.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
It’s ok to find a job you love and be an entrepreneur. You can have both and be successful. Balance is key and time management will be extremely important. Also, it’s okay to ask for help.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
It’s important to support local artists & makers because they are your friends, your neighbors, your family, your colleagues, your teachers, your waiter, etc. They are what makes something local. Local creates a city’s identity and uniqueness.
Why do you love doing what you do?
Sewing is a creative outlet for me. No two bags are alike. There’s so much variation and that keeps it motivating and exciting. The mobile shop allows me to further support small businesses and bring a uniqueness to local shoppers.
What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?
Find a network. Whether it’s Facebook groups, Meet Ups, conferences, craft show buddies, doesn’t matter. Makers can always learn from each other, near and far.
What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?
It’s always growing and bringing in new people to add to the city’s local scene, uniqueness and diversity.