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Exploring Life & Business with Kelli Heppner

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelli Heppner. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Kelli Heppner Collection was created by a small-town girl who is inspired by all things feminine, classic and chic. Each piece in our Spring collection is hand-sewn in the United States and is made for women who want to inspire!

Kelli grew up in a small town in Northwest Missouri, always with her head in the clouds dreaming of the day she could launch her own clothing line. She studied Fashion Buying at Westminster University in London and has owned her own Marketing and Advertising business for the past six years in Kansas City. If you follow Kelli on Social Media, you know she has a passion for not only fashion but all things home interior and travel. She believes that with faith and perseverance, anything is possible!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As much as I would love to say it’s been smooth sailing, it’s actually been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! The American manufacturing industry is a tough one to navigate. Between covid and navigating working with now four different manufactures, it’s not been easy to say the least.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Our collection offers high-quality dresses with a feminine twist that will stand the test of time. Kelli Heppner Collection is female-owned, designed and funded; all hand-sewn by women in the United States. I feel like what truly sets my brand apart is the quality and design. One of my favorite parts about shopping local and boutique is you’re never going to run into anyone with the same thing! There is so much love and time poured into all these pieces; you are truly purchasing a piece of art!

This business is not only women-owned by Kelli Heppner herself, but Kelli also completely funded this business with no outside investors. Kelli owns another local Marketing business and has worked diligently for years, saving to launch her dream, Kelli Heppner Collection.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
I grew up on a large farm in Bethany, MO, which is a tiny town in Northwest Missouri. While it wasn’t always the most glamorous way of life, it taught and installed many lifelong lessons about hard work, persistence and diligence.

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