Independent makers may be your best bet for competing in an ever-tougher retail market. Look to Cabana when you want something fresh that's not sold in every store, because "shopping small" applies to retail buyers, too.
Cabana Reps focuses on personality-filled lines that make people smile. Lines that aren't sold on "Shmamazon." Lines that incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly practices, and lines that are helmed by women and made in the USA* (*two are made in Canada, but that's pretty close).
As an independent rep, my goal is to find happy homes for these lines, where they can grow and evolve with the boutiques that carry them. Cabana Reps' lines are here because they merchandise well together, and also because I'm a HUGE fan of each of them. In fact, I think of this business as wholesale matchmaking: Cabana introduces terrific stores to terrific lines, so they can make a love connection and be terrific together.
It has been a mission of mine since 2005—when I signed on as the editor of "shop local" websites—to keep my community, my friends & my family "shopping small" for gifts, books, shoes, accessories, and apparel. But after 8+ years of running the websites, I needed a change, and when a friend asked me to rep her jewelry line, I jumped at the chance. Well... actually... the jumping happened after I sat down with some local retailers to ask them two questions: 1. What makes a good rep? and 2. What makes a bad rep? It will come as no surprise to you, but we had some looooong conversations about reps. Cut to a big learning curve, a few successes, a few bumps in the road, and I was off to change my life.
Anyhoo. Enough about me. Get to know the merchandise! Cabana Reps' lines have EXCELLENT reputations and thousands of fans, coast to coast & around the world. Are you a shop owner? Ask me for more info about any (or all) of the lines!
...and if you've made it this far, you're just an email away from falling in love with an independent line. Contact me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers and xx!
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NICE NOTES FROM STOCKISTS:
“You're the only rep that I 1) like 2) don't mind working with and 3) does their job correctly. So thank you for being awesome.”
“I hope someday we can meet and hang out because I think we would have a great time.”
"Working with Cabana Reps is always a pleasure. The lines she represents are modern and exactly fit our lifestyle shop.”