We had the good fortune of connecting with Olivia Meyer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olivia, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My company, Banniere, works with local artists in different towns and cities around the world to collaborate on a design for silk scarves. I wanted to combine my knowledge and love for Fashion, Art, and Travel into wearable art. These pieces are sentimental memories that resonate with the culture of each location. Whether it be the tiled vias in Palm Beach, the colorful houses of Charleston, the never ending dunes and beaches of the Hamptons, the buzzing streets and city lights of Manhattan, the colorful hydrangeas of Nantucket, the playful cafe life in Paris, or the classic view of the port on the sea in Porto Ercole, Italy, these cultures and memories are painted by each artist in a way that is very unique. I wanted these shared memories to bring people together. We just recently started collaborating with Hotels in beautiful places and our latest release is the Faena Hotel Scarf, including a poolside and theatre design.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started my business, Banniere, 4 years ago and have grown my network of clients but also artist i’ve collaborated with from places all over. I’ve learned about their artistic journey and why they love their town and where they are. I believe what sets me a part from others is that we combine Fashion, Art, and Travel together to create a wearable artistic piece that resonates with our memories of these wonderful places. It is such a personalized product and each scarf is packaged with a story about the artist, art background, connection to the city and inspiration behind the design. Creating a business is never easy. You are opening up yourself and your product to the world and that always comes with doubts and challenges, but the best response is to persevere and welcome those challenges and learn from them. Never be afraid to ask a question or ask for help. The community of like minded small business owners have been so supportive along the way. Its the community you create around you that helps you grow.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, i’d take them straight to the beach to walk along the white sand and clear water. Then i would take them to lunch at the Standard along the bay side. For the afternoon, we’d explore the Faena hotel with a massage and spend time in their incredible Hammam spa then shop the store with fun finds and their Banniere scarves. They have a great bar there too with Jazz during the week. I’m still dying to go to the theatre. All the other hotels along the way are fun to pop in including the W, the Delano, the Edition, the Soho house. Going to a Heat game is always fun too or dining downtown and walking around Wynwood seeing the art and getting dumplings at the 1800lucky Asian food hall. There’s so much to do in Miami, I could go on and on!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shout out to all the other small business owners all over the world who have been so kind in guiding me and advising me through difficult decisions and supporting me unconditionally.
Christina Cernik, LCBStyle, Carla Trivino