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Inspiring Conversations with Molly Vang of With Molly Co.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly Vang.

Hi Molly, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
In December of 2018, I got back into crafting, making birthday toppers and banners for family members and friends. This was while I was in College for my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management. After I graduated in May of 2019, I continued crafting in my down time while I did some job hunting.

In June of 2020, I decided to open up my own craft shop part-time on Etsy, specializing in cake and cupcake toppers. While designing the toppers, friends and family asked to make designs for shirts. I gradually started making more and more designs for t-shirts and quickly realized this was truly my passion and it became my niche. Fast-forward to today, our business has been a full-time small business making and selling homemade apparel, stationery, and accessories ever since.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
As a first time sole proprietor and a mother to three little ones at home, there are always new challenges. I have to wear more than one hat. This means taking care of the finances of my business, designing, production, and completing orders promptly. Balancing my time with business and family was difficult in the beginning but as I figured out the fundamental needs of my business to achieve weekly to monthly goals––easier said than done–it was all smooth from there. This doesn’t mean I’ve figured out how to eliminate challenges or obstacles. I still run into something new every once in a while but I see each new challenge as a learning opportunity. Also, huge thanks to my supportive husband who helps make it easier for me.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about With Molly Co.?
With Molly Co. is a woman-owned and minority-owned small business. We are well known for our Hmong “Ua Txhua Yam Nrog Kev Hlub” (do all things with love) t-shirt and sweatshirt. Our business model is to create minimalistic, meaningful designs on comfortable apparel, stationery, and accessories, while incorporating minimal Hmong designs throughout our shop. We screen print our work on t-shirts, sweaters, tote bags, and more. Other items we make are stickers, tumblers, scrunchies, greeting cards, and notepads. And though customizing shirts and bags has been in the talks for some time, we hope to include that option in the future. For now, with fingers crossed, we are excited to include more new items that have not been seen in our shop before, coming out this year!

What sets our brand apart from Hmong-owned small businesses and other small businesses is our aesthetic, screen printing our own designs, and making our own screen printing ink colors.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
Most people don’t know that I make my own silk screens and ink color. And if needed, we would love to start selling our screens and custom colors when the time comes.

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