Kristina Giedra always thought she’d become a music teacher, says the Glendale Heights Press. But things just didn’t work out that way.
After receiving a green card to come to America a decade ago, Giedra landed a nanny job with a Naperville family and began taking college management and marketing courses.
With her degree, she used her design industry experience in various capacities in stores such as Marshall Fields, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Von Maur.
In 2006, she got married and settled with her husband in Bloomingdale.
When they began talking about starting a family, Giedra set up a design and sewing studio in her basement and began a custom window treatment and home decor business.
While she pursued her design business, she also began thinking about creating a line of custom purses.
“I made one and got lots of compliments,” she said.
These days, when she can sneak in time while her 5-month-old naps, she works on her line of Lady Butterfly handbags.
“They’re one-of-a-kind,” Giedra said. “You won’t find anything else like it.”
Photo by Kristina’s Design Palace