I discovered the Etsy shop Vivat Veritas through my boyfriend who purchased one of the rompers for my birthday (see at bottom). The business card was in the pocket of the romper, and when I checked out the store I loved everything I saw. I immediately emailed the girl behind the shop to ask her some questions. All of the pieces are handmade and include everything from rompers to cute cut-out dresses and scalloped shorts—everything that is hot for summer now, including stripes. I am extremely impressed with the quality and variety of things this girl can manipulate a sewing machine to create. Scroll down to see the Q&A with Chie.
What are your other interests/activities besides making clothes on etsy?
When I’m not sewing, I like to spend my time exercising. Since my day job requires me to be in front of computer for 8 hours a day, and sewing requires me to be sitting down as well, I really need to work out and move my body after so many hours of sitting down. I used to do a training using kettle-bell weights when I lived in the U.S., and I think it really changed my body. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a gym that uses kettle-bell for training in Japan, so I stick to running and some boxing exercises for now.
My husband and I try to go on a short trip every 6 months. We’ve been to Thailand 3 times and Indonesia (Bali) once since we got married. South East Asia is our favorite places to visit!
A lot of people run their Etsy shops as a full-time job. Do you have a day job?
Yes, I have a regular 9-5 job. I work for an American law firm.
Why did you start making clothes on Etsy?
Sewing was a hobby started when a friend lent me a basic sewing machine to make a few odds and ends (pillow cases and whatnot). Over the next few months I started making clothes and could not stop sewing.
I found out about Etsy when I made more clothes than I could possibly wear, and that’s how I started selling on Etsy.
What inspires the clothing you make?
I’m very much inspired by personal fashion blogs, such as Cupcakes and Cashmere, Liebemarlene Vintage, and The Owls are not what they seem to name a few. I subscribed to many more personal blogs and vintage fashion blogs. I’m really interested in what the real people are wearing in the real life.
How did you choose the name for your label?
As to the name of my label, it comes from my husband’s tattoo on his left arm.
Vivat Veritas means “Live the Truth” in Latin. I took it because I could not come up with any other name for my label, but I’m really happy that I did, and like the meaning behind it.
You can also check out her website, here.