Summer is in full swing & that means flip flop time! Recently I was doing some online browsing & came across this product called Flippie Slippies. Flippie Slippies is a flip flop that is custom made with fuzzy yarn attached to the straps of the flip flop. The product is designed & distributed by a mother-daughter team based in the Valley.
Please meet the latest Real Mom of the SFV, Leslie Dinstman!
How/why did you begin your business?
Leslie: When my daughter was 10 years old, she learned how to crochet over flip flops in a class. She started to make the flip flops for friends and relatives. I thought it would be a great idea to start a business making these so we formed a website. She named the flip flops with the yarn on the straps, Flippie Slippies as they are a flip flop and slipper all in one. We bought flip flops wholesale and yarn and started making the Flippie Slippies and selling them online, street fairs and charitable boutiques.
As a working mother, what is one tip or piece of advice that you would give to other female entrepreneurs?
Leslie: As a working mother I would advise to other female entrepreneurs to take a risk with an idea to have and go for it! You never know where it will lead.
What do you like best about having a business in the San Fernando Valley?
Leslie: I like having a business in the San Fernando Valley as this is where I grew up so I know a lot of people here and support the various schools, temples and churches with their fundraisers. I am very comfortable living and working in the Valley.
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be?
Leslie: It’s hard to think of anything I wish I knew before I began my business, because I had a catering business and was well prepared for this new venture I started 10 years ago.
It’s such a cute product! I love that the idea came from a young girl & that the product was nurtured by her mom & is now a full-fledged business. The company has expanded beyond flip flops & now includes apparel & accessories, plus picnic bags & lunch coolers.
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