Erin Condren

Erin Condren worked for years in the apparel industry, commuting downtown to showrooms in East L.A.

Erin Condren worked for years in the apparel industry, commuting downtown to showrooms in East L.A.

After a break to have children, she needed an income and wanted to still be close to home. So after making personalized stationery and stickers as gifts for friends, another mom convinced Erin it was time to make money with her creativity. “The orders came pouring in, and I found myself designing and printing every free minute I could find,” she said.
 

With her e-mail listed on the back of each card, Erin began getting dozens of customer messages daily. She launched a website in 2005, hired her first employee the following summer, and business exploded by the holidays after her collection was featured on The Ellen Show.
 

The successful tastemaker loves bringing smiles to people around the world. If she weren’t designing, she’d be in fundraising. “A large part of my business is giving back,” she shared. “We have a Cancer Awareness collection that donates 50 percent back to any organization denoted by the customer.”
 

Condren can’t deny that working in the South Bay has truly shaped her business. She started on a desktop printer in her home Hermosa Beach and now works with Marco Fine Arts printing in El Segundo. Her boutique, though still personalized, has more than 50 employees working together on products that continue to dazzle. Confided Erin, “People still think I work from home, and I love that.”

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