Bubbles n’ bows B
ubbles n’ bows offers a trendy, stylish line of “accessorized imprintable” invitations, save-the-date cards, announcements and more. In just 5 years as a wholesale manufacturer, this family-operated studio has won two prestigious LOUIE Awards and services over 250 stationery/gift retailers. Gearing products specifically to the LGBT community is one of the studio’s cornerstones, to provide a refreshed level of creativity and availability to all its clients.
RWN Magazine (RWN): How did the concept for Bubbles n’ bows begin? Nicole Lopusznick, Designer (NL): After creating my sister’s engagement and wedding invitations, I took the leap from working in a secure job as a graphic designer for one of the largest communications industries in corporate America, designing jobs associated with million dollar business deals. Restricted by uniformity and conservative business mores, I longed to produce more creative designs and found my niche managing a graphic design studio. After designing invitations for large organizations, charities and distinguished individuals, I realized I was making my dream happen for someone else… thus, in 2002, Bubbles n’ bows custom invitation studio was born. RWN: What have been some of the highlights of building your own business? NL: My major in college was graphic design, but I never created an invitation until my sister’s wedding. I found inexhaustible fulfillment in the countless hours researching paper trends, the latest in invitation design and wording etiquette. It sparked a passion I didn’t know I had! Instead of shopping for clothes and frivolous things, I spent money on papers, envelopes and elegant fonts. This path has truly been rewarding. In 2006 we made our debut at The National Stationery Show in New York. Our collection for Life’s Shadows™ received recognition as one of the show’s top trendsetters. We’ve experienced many trials and tribulations along the way in this industry, but always feel rewarded to see how Bubbles n’ bows is continually growing. RWN: When did you begin crafting cards specifically for the LGBT community? NL: In 2006… sparked by designing my own engagement announcement, a new signature line of silhouettes was launched called Life’s Shadows™. Our studio’s vision was now emerging on a greater level. Upon entering the greeting card wholesale industry, we noticed