044: Grace and Lace with Melissa Hinnant

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From tragedy to triumph a love for knitting birthed within Melissa Hinnant, the founder of Grace & Lace, as seen on Shark Tank, and a journey of healing. She has allowed her pain to transform her and help her to help others. Listen in, to this inspiration conversation! Hear how her company is changing the world one boot sock at a time, and about her Shark Tank experience!

Fun Fact about Melissa:

  • Melissa is not at all organized.

Reasons to Tune-In:

  • Melissa shares how balance has helped her thrive in her personal life and her business life.
  • Melissa shares how she went from “I’m never making another pair of these socks” to making over 400,000 of them to date.
  • Learn how Melissa is changing the world one boot sock at a time.
  • Melissa shares that the biggest thing she’s learned is that everyone goes thru pain… she encourages you to let the pain transform you.

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About Melissa:

MelissaHinnant_RoundMelissa has always been a DIY kinda girl. She grew up with a mom who always made homemade play-dough, birthday cakes and sewed her dance costumes. So she learned to “sew a straight line” very early in age.

In the spring of 2010 she was five months pregnant with a little girl. At a routine doctor’s visit, she was suddenly told the devastating news that without surgical intervention she would give birth to her daughter within 24 hours – and that she wouldn’t survive. She was rushed into emergency surgery to try to save her, and then there she was, laying horizontal in the hospital for the rest of her pregnancy. The days of strict, confined bed rest were L O N G. Since she couldn’t even sit up, she just had to do something with her hands! So she started with a vision to crochet this tiny baby girl a blanket. And thus started and spurred her desire to sew, sew, sew.

For two weeks she lived in the hospital until doctors could no longer stop the labor. Their very tiny but oh-so-perfect baby girl was born. With lungs not yet developed enough to survive on her own, the Lord took her straight to Heaven.

Though heart-wrenching and devastating, she truly believes that out of this great tragedy has come their greatest victory.

Her love for sewing, and all things knit grew. Late in the fall of 2011, she made her first pair of lacey leg warmers. Everywhere she would go, people would stop and ask her where she got them. She put them up for sale online and in a matter of days she was overwhelmed with orders she could not possibly fulfill on her own! Now, almost 3 years later, they have sold over 100,000 pairs of these lacey, frilly boot socks and leg warmers. They have grown so rapidly that they have now evolved into an official company with trademarked designs, a full studio and warehouse, and friends and family as staff.

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