What do moms of twins want? Well, other than two more arms and 15 hours of sleep? Cute outfits to dress their babies in - especially for special occasions. 

Sounds simple enough. Especially if you have single sex twins. Just buy two of something - problem solved. But for moms with boy/girl twins? You’d be more likely to get to take a long, relaxing, and uninterrupted bubble bath than to find what you want.

So, Tanya did what any great entrepreneur would do. She launched a business to solve this problem for her person. Luke and Lulu specializes in boutique clothing for special events for kids.

How she did this is pretty freaking cool. 

Years ago, Tanya was a chemist. Then she became a high school chemistry teacher. Growing up, she wasn’t one of those girls who doodled fashion designs non-stop. In fact, she didn’t even know how to sew until she taught herself by watching videos on YouTube.

With her new skills, she whipped up the most adorable outfits for her twins, Ava and Aaron. 

(HA! You were expecting their names to be Luke and Lulu! But imagine this nightmare of a domain: avaandaaron.com… thus, it’s Luke and Lulu.)

Of course, she posted these cuties on social media and other moms started asking if they could buy outfits from Tanya, too. Soon, Tanya went from, “I don’t sell them” to “Wait… what if I did sell them?”

And Then, She Was In Business

She started selling these outfits on Facebook. Then Etsy. And then, Amazon. Now, you may know that clothing is a gated category on Amazon - it’s not particularly easy to get permission to sell clothes there. Tanya could have tackled the 800-column form required to list on her own, but she followed the Owner’s Model before even knowing it was a thing. She went on Elance (now called Upwork) and hired someone to do it for her. 

Fast-forward a little bit, and Luke and Lulu is now also on Walmart.com. Tanya says that was pretty easy. But to be honest, she’s making this whole thing look pretty easy. Her small team of three should easily break the million-dollar mark next year.

Not only that, but Tanya has expanded the brand’s reach. Where it used to be just for twins, now she’s gotten into the birthday niche as well. It’s a much bigger audience, so it’s more competitive, but it’s also a much bigger piece of the pie. It’s already paying off with an influx of orders.

The Owner's Model

“I don’t want to be the world’s best seamstress. Or the world’s best graphic designer... or the world’s best bookkeeper. Or the world’s best heat presser. I just want to be the world’s best business owner.” If that doesn’t sound like the Owner’s Model, what does?

Tanya used to do all the sewing. Like, an order would come in and she’d stop whatever else she was doing, sew it, and take it to the post office. But ever since she did a caveman costume (awwwwww) that went bananas on Amazon, she’s worked with cut and sew companies to help her with production. Now the process is: she comes up with a concept, creates a prototype, and tests it on Amazon. If the new piece sells, it goes into production in China. Like clockwork, folks.

But it might have never happened. For a while, Tanya had been kind of obsessed with growth hacks. She went down every rabbit hole out there, got on every marketer’s list, and got overwhelmed. “That’s not where the success is,” she says. “Now, I know it’s my mindset that matters most.” With her mentor Leslie Kuster’s guidance, Tanya learned to celebrate all her victories and milestones. She also developed a mantra she can whip out daily to stay in a good space (even when 925 of her SKUs got suppressed recently at Amazon - yay). 

It’s this: “I trust myself to make the right decisions for my business, to earn the money I want and to meet my goals.” As Tanya says, this sounds really simple, but if she didn’t believe it, she’d be spinning her wheels in the growth hack mud rather than getting real traction.

Tanya joined the Capitalism Incubator recently, and loves it so much she compares it to going to church. There, you’re surrounded by people who are going after it just as hard as you are… people who are primed for massive growth in a short period of time.

She’s working on her pitch (pitch week is 11/17!). While she’s bootstrapped her way thus far, she’s also open to bringing on an investment partner to help Luke and Lulu grow faster. 

What a Vision!

When you consider her long-term plan for the brand, sharing some equity makes a whole lot of sense. She wants Luke and Lulu to become the Hobby Lobby for children’s apparel. She says, “If you want to plan a party, you go to Party City. If you want to decorate your house, you go to Hobby Lobby. I want to be the place people think of for special occasion clothing for their children. It’s more than just birthdays, Hallowee, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. It’s all the major events people celebrate. People celebrate events with clothing all the time - like their wedding gown or prom dress. Clothing is such a huge part of your story in life, and I want to play a part in making it special.”

What drives this mom of 5? She wants to leave a legacy for her family. She just really wants to make her family proud and to leave something for them. Her kids love that she’s a business owner - they brag about her to their friends. She loves being a role model for them. When they get older, they’ve got a business they can take over… or sell. She’s building it for them.

This is a brand to watch! 

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Tanya's making all the right moves and seeing great results.

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