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Meet Kristina Giedra of Kristina’s Design Palace in Western Suburbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristina Giedra.

Kristina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In Lithuania, I acquired my culture and education. After graduating from Panevezys Conservatory as the conductor of chorus/music teacher, I started a special training program that included pattern making, design, and sewing. In addition, I advanced by working with experienced seamstresses to gain their valuable experience. My efforts paid off quickly and I developed my own clientele.

Right after I developed my own clientele working from home. I applied to Au-Pair agency with my wish see the world, which includes living, learning, and helping the family experiences in Germany.

In March of 2000th, by the stroke of luck winning the green card, I came to Chicago. With no money, language, or family support I worked and in July 2005, I graduated with honors from the College of DuPage. In 2003, I started work in the Marshall Field’s alterations department. Then I was working for Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, etc. Meanwhile studying and finishing Bachelors of Science degree in Management and Marketing in 2008 at National -Louis University, I got an offer to run Von Maur St. Charles Alterations department.

With the first born son I decided to raise a family and translate to “Kristina’s Design Palace”, a home based business with loyal clientele. With a growing son starting school, I had an opportunity to present my first full fall/winter collection 2016- 2017  targeted for busy and working women, featuring luxurious fabrics, but also comfortable business, casual, and occasional wear.

Also, beach cover up line for cruise and destination vacation, and fun and upscale dressy jumpsuits, etc. for sassy and adventures ladies.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Besides the learning new language and culture of another country, the big challenge was when right after my son was born. Right on the recession my husband lost his job and instead raising a family I had to quickly start building the business which later translated to “Kristina’s Design Palace”.

Running a business from my home studio with newborn baby and offering different services such as custom fashion apparel, custom accessories, and women’s and men’s clothing alterations, and services like custom décor, etc., wasn’t easy, but it succeeded with loyal clientele.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Kristina’s Design Palace – what should we know?
When started work in the Marshall Fields’ alterations department, I gaining the experience of American corporate culture, teamwork, customer service, and various office duties. At the same time, I developed new alterations strategies, and knowledge about American fashion etc.

The all knowledge in alterations helped me to survive in the hard times, as much as I liked to design it became my hobby more than bread winner. Since, I love challenge and get bored easily, I am doing many different thing as recreating christening gowns of the mom’s wedding dress, making flower belt embellishment for wedding gown dresses, etc. Also, making decorative pillows, drapery, accessories and other unusual things that could be very sentimental, and could not be made or found anywhere.

Of course the mostly I am proud of returning customers that love my work and keep coming back and bringing new ones 🙂

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think the biggest quality of my work is the quality and being on time. People love punctuality and especially in this speed of life, when they can really on you to be done on time and right.

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