Today’s NEXT BIG THING item comes from I Like It Too Too of Langhorne, PA! 26 year old creator Michelle Dela Paz can hardly play “Heart and Soul” on the piano, but you wouldn’t know it from her keyboard zipper pouches, an adorable homage to the ivory keys.
How old is your company and how did you get your start?
I was a major bag whore and decided to teach myself how to fully construct and draft my own patterns, so I could save money by making some for myself. I think it was in 2005 when, for Xmas, I sewed up a bunch of little bags as gifts for my cousins and everyone was super thrilled and said that I should start my own business. In 2006 I opened my Etsy shop just selling random things I made and then in 2007 I officially registered my business with the state of PA.
Tell us the story behind the two ‘too’s.
I’ve always liked the phrase ‘too too’, which is a descriptive term meaning that somethings a little excessive or over the top. I use a lot of bright crazy colors and bold patterns when I make stuff, so I thought it would be fun to go with the name ‘I Like It Too Too’.
You sent this great photo of yourself with a keyboard. Do you play?
This is a question I get asked all the time! I used to take keyboard lessons back in the 80′s when I was a little kid, but I must not have enjoyed it because it never went anywhere. Seriously, the only songs I know how to play (and barely!) are Mary Had A Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and some Heart & Soul, but that’s about it. Later on in my adolescence, I did go on to play the violin and then got super obsessed with the electric guitar, but nothing will ever compare to my love for those black and white (and sometimes rainbow colored!) keys. There are people out there with really amazing toy piano and keyboard collections, which they share with the entire world via the internet, and it’s all just total eye candy for me.
What else inspires you?
I spend crazy amounts of time finding amazing treasures at thrift stores and flea markets. I love the 60′s, the mid 90′s and especially the 80′s.
Okay… Fred’s gonna give you a time machine and you can travel wherever you like. Where ya headed?
The real question is, is the time machine a loaner or for keeps? I think it’d be hard for me to pin down one point in time that I’d like to visit. I go crazy over vintage fabric and use a lot of it in my work, so if the time machine were for keeps, I’d probably go back to each decade and score some of the boldest, brightest, and colorful to take back with me. And, of course, if I ever ran out I could always go back! Oh, and I’d like very much to go back to the early 80′s to see my favorite band, The Waitresses, in concert.