LEAP! 2016 – Tessa Park

LEAP! Participant Profile

Name: Tessa Park

Business: T. Lane Design & WreckRoots Vintage

Description: Handmade Jewelry Design & Vintage Clothing

Location: Kootenays BC

Website: tlanedesign.ca

Business Q&A

Q.Why did you start this business? 

T. Lane Design Jewelry began taking shape in 2010, when I discovered that I no longer wanted to wear the jewelry that I had kept around for years.  I decided to disassemble and then re-purpose the old to create something new and beautiful that I wanted to wear. My friends saw a few pieces of jewelry that I had made sitting on the counter, and asked if they were for sale, so I sold them.

Q. What are your products/services?

T. Lane Design is specializing in high quality jewelry made from recycled materials, semi-precious stones and many interesting natural materials such as seashells and porcupine quills.  Another option is to give your old, but valued jewelry to have it re-made into a wearable, new piece.

WreckRoots Vintage has is hand selected beautiful clothes in natural fabrics with eclectic spirit. It’s all about statement pieces to enhance your creative wardrobe! Many of the pieces are vintage, however, not all are over 20 years old. Many clothing articles are barely worn and still very current.

Q. Where can we buy your products/services?

Online from my website and my Facebook page. www.facebook.com/t.lanedesign/?fref=ts

Contact me to get the latest creations and amazing finds.

Q. Tell us about your business now compared to when you started. 

I have gained experience from and learned the pros and cons of vending at festivals, small and large. Vending at Marketfest, Unity Music Fest, Shambhala Music Festival, and Salmon Arm Roots & Blues. I have partnered with Woosahh, a women’s clothing store, in Nelson to vend at Shambhala and also sell my stuff through their downtown & online store.  I have also connected with Found Salon & Spa to sell and advertise through them.






Q. What was the benefit of attending LEAP?

I realized the value of the product I am offering and how to market it appropriately.  Taking into account all the time and energy involved in each piece, I have come to realize the value is only partly in the physical product itself, and the rest is heavily accredited to the handmade, one-of-a-kind, and sustainable aspects.

LEAP! helped me to branch out and broaden my horizons!