This month’s Small Business Spotlight features Flying S Creations, a clothing and accessories brand based in Chickasha, Oklahoma, US. We asked founder Shiann Burns a bit about herself and her business.
1. Tell us a little about your business. What makes it unique?
Flying S started when I was living in NM working on my masters. When I got my undergrad here in Oklahoma I would go home and work the ranch most weekends, I don’t sit still very well, however being 12 hours from home in NM didn’t allow weekend trips home. So, instead I would make things for my friends who finally convinced me to open up shop.
2. What inspired you to work in this business?
I have always been a crafty person. I enjoy making things, and always have. I was just fortunate to have a mom who used to make t-shirts and my dad who ranched full time, so Flying S combines the two!
3. What is your favorite part of your job?
It’s definitely a toss up! I love both being creative and having an avenue to express that coupled with people seeing my products and falling in love with my brand just as much I am.
4. Do you have any advice for people who want to enter into this industry?
Do quality work and be original! So many people have decided to start making t-shirts and you see the same t-shirt over and over again. Take the time to be original, come up with your own ideas, and make sure your work is quality and you will develop a strong customer base.
5. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Ha! I don’t have spare time! I still work a full time job and run Flying S so in my off time I am working.
6. What is your favorite book or movie?
My all time favorite movie is Fireproof. It is my grounding movie when I get stressed out. It shows me that even when I don’t see it God is working to calm the storm.
7. What is your favorite inspirational quote?
You can do anything you set your mind to. That was what my dad always told me growing up and when I moved out he got me a bracelet with the quote engraved so it serves as a constant reminder to never give up.
8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to go to Australia. I am not sure why the whole atmosphere just seems neat. I went to New Zealand a few years ago and it was stunning. So Australia is next on my list.
9. What is your idea of a perfect day?
Being with my boyfriend and family and just absorbing spending time with them. We lost my aunt to cancer a year and a half ago so spending time with my loved ones, no matter what we are doing, is about as perfect as it gets in my book.
Visit their website at www.flyingscreations.com