Today, we’d like to welcome our October Sponsor – Haffoney Leathers, better known as HL Collection, a local brand specializing in “edgy and unique leather jackets for women.” The two designers and owners behind this effort are Erin and Kendra Haffoney, twin sisters aiming to establish a real lifestyle brand while changing the way women look and feel through the voice of clothing. With their line currently consisting of classic double-breasted moto jackets to edgy hooded jackets, HL Collections offers beautiful leather outerwear perfect for a fabulous femme of any age. We were able to ask Erin and Kendra a few questions about HL Collections, so keep reading!
Femme & Fortune: Tell us about how HL Collections came to be and what your vision is for the company.
Erin & Kendra Haffoney: HL Collection came about when we felt there weren’t any great affordable women’s leather jackets in the market. So we had a vision and an eye to create affordable, edgy and classic leathers but still stay clean and sophisticated for all women. We wanted to make jackets for women who want to switch things up a little and get away from the ”same ole’ stuff” they’re seeing everywhere. We believe we have our own creativity and you see that in our Collection.
Femme & Fortune: What have been some of the biggest challenges with starting your own company?
Erin & Kendra Haffoney: Some of the biggest challenges have been our own insecurities in thinking we could not start this jacket line. “It’s the fear of failing.” Life brings us so many challenges and disappointments; so you then start to believe that you cannot do it. But what drives us to keep going is to believe in each other and to believe that the impossible is possible.
Femme & Fortune: Right now you’re specializing in leather jackets for women. Are there any plans to dive into more categories for clothing and accessories?
Erin & Kendra Haffoney: Yes there are plans for HL Collection to create more pieces to add to the existing women’s jackets such as leather pants, t-shirts and tops next year! HL will also be offering an accessories line as well as a children’s line in the future.
Femme & Fortune: Who are some of your style and fashion icons?
Erin & Kendra Haffoney: We love to keep up with all the latest trends and styles. We would describe our style as chic trendy but yet classic. Some of our favorite blog sites are The Sartorialist, Fashionista.com, and Stylelist.com.
We also love designs from Jeremy Scott, Vince Camuto, Donna Karen, Alexander McQueen and Lanvin just to name a few.
Femme & Fortune: What piece of advice would you give to aspiring fashion designers or entrepreneurs who want to start their own boutique or clothing line?
Erin & Kendra Haffoney: Our advice for aspiring fashion designers and entrepreneurs is to, “never give up no matter who believes in you because the only thing that matters is that you believe in yourself.”
Femme & Fortune: Tell us about what’s next for HL Collections!
Erin & Kendra Haffoney: We truly believe HL Collection is destined for a bright, new and exciting future and will set a huge mark in the world of fashion. As a small new brand, we have distinguish ourselves to have an amazing line of women’s leather jackets. So be prepared for any and everything that comes along.
We want to thank our lovely sponsors HL Collection, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for both Erin and Kendra! Make sure to check out their upcoming official launch party held on October 26th at Showroom 77. While viewing pieces of their new line, guests are invited to enjoy complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and good conversation among Philly’s most fashionable. On a charitable note, 3% of all sales from any jacket purchased during the launch event will also go to the Lupus Foundation of America! We hope to see you all at the HL Launch Event and make sure to follow HL Collection on Facebook and Twitter, too!