Meet Kristen, founder & owner of Makoshey

Makoshey founder
Jack Grant
Jack Grant

Founder and Co-owner

To honor Women’s History Month, we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, starting with those in our city. Throughout the month of March, we will be sharing stories from female entrepreneurs running shops and businesses of all sizes here in Chicago.

Makoshey brings clothes for confident, independent girls of ages 2-14 who are looking for colors, cuts, and designs that break away from tired stereotypes for girls. Kristen launched the company in November 2019 to help kids be themselves, explore any and all interests, and wear their character proudly.

Offering new designs monthly, this month Makoshey released “Ambitious” power word t-shirt, made for girls who have and show a strong desire and determination to succeed. They can wear their ambition proudly with this tee, which comes in youth sizes 2-14.

Kristen, what was your inspiration for Makoshey?

I am a mom of four kids, and the frustrations that I experienced when shopping for them, especially my oldest daughter, was the inspiration for Makoshey. I found the options for girls’ clothing to be limited in colors, cuts, and designs. I decided to create a brand that featured inspiring designs that let kids be themselves and express any and all of their interests.

Have there been any challenges you have had to overcome?

Starting a small business takes a leap of faith, and the pandemic has made it more challenging to get the word out about our small business.

Do you have any advice for other women opening their own businesses?

Chicago has an amazing small business community. There are small business owners out there, who may be in completely different fields, that can offer advice and support in various ways. Find them, utilize them, and return the favor when you can!

Thank you for all you do and for being such an important part of the local Chicago community!

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