Cre8ing with Station 8: A Positive Influence
I strive to be a woman of influence, and perhaps the reason why is due to the many women who have been a positive influence to me. Many times I reflect back to what I have learned through the years and how fortunate I have been throughout my years in school and in my career as well.
I was fortunate to know what I wanted to do at an early age, and my passion for business, fashion and merchandising called to me very early on. I recall so many wonderful teachers that made a good impression on me from elementary school on through high school, but it was at the University of Montana that I really connected with the most amazing professors. One in particular truly resonated with me; she was demanding, strict, detailed, compassionate and understanding! She knew all of the current fashion trends, was an expert seamstress, made all of her chic clothes, and was passionate about teaching her all-girl class the joys of making one’s own wardrobe, selecting fabrics and finding one’s style.
She was encouraging and supportive. She allowed me to dream my dreams of making a living in the fashion industry and taught me so many life lessons. I recall working in the sewing lab late on evening ripping out a seam yet again because it wasn’t perfect and my instructor walked in, looked at my work and told me to go home – it was good enough! I still use this example to this day with my employees and share with them that if they have done their best and put in the effort, then that is all that I can ask and it is good enough for me! I hope that I am passing on her many examples she set for me.
Part of my joy in working with fabrics and fine materials came from my textile class taught by this same professor. I learned how to tell the fiber content just by touching a fabric and I still experience the simple pleasure in guessing the blend of any fabric I touch, no matter what it is!
I love fine fabrics and natural blends and enjoy working with fabrics in my shop: window treatments, pillows, slipcovers, and I especially love the vintage fabrics! Whenever I am out shopping I am drawn to fabrics and inevitably go through the racks of clothing, just feeling the fabric. I especially enjoy looking through antique shops in my travels and always head to the vintage linens first, as they just draw me in.
Just recently, while in Tuscon, I discovered a quaint shop with racks and racks filled with antique tablecloths that made me swoon, so of course my shop is filled with antique linens, blankets and other textiles that I simply can’t resist!
I am so very grateful to all those who had such a positive impact on my life and hope that I inspire others to be their best!
All the best,
Colette Gross, Owner
The Shops at Station 8