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Expect The Unexpected

Expect the unexpected. These three words pretty much sum up the journey of entrepreneurship, and basically life itself -- and that’s before you throw a pandemic in the mix!

Anything can happen, and it probably will. It’s tempting to focus on the “bad stuff” that could accompany the unexpected, but it’s important to remember there are nuggets of beautiful things – the “good stuff” -- that also come unexpectedly along the way.

Woman wearing decorative bra straps with white flowers and white dress, sitting.
Tammi is wearing the La Fleur Blanche BRA-serie.


During the height of the pandemic, one of those “good stuff” moments was an unexpected call from Solene Furlanis, a talented and beautiful artist living in Mexico City.

Before I go on, let me share a little background about how our paths crossed. I met Solene a few years back in Northern California at an event where I was a panel speaker. Just another wonderful reminder that the people we unexpectedly meet at any given moment could have a meaningful impact in our lives, in unexpected ways!

Covid-19 forced all of us to slow down, including Solene. She reignited her love for drawing as the world came to a screeching halt. While we were all hibernating in our homes, I was thrilled to hear from Solene. During our conversation, Solene shared that she was drawing again; she shared that drawing was a way for her to get through the isolation, and that “inner voice” told her to reconnect to see if there was an opportunity to collaborate together!

Anyone that has spent more than 5 minutes with me will tell you how I truly enjoy collaborating with other female-owned businesses whenever I can. Elevating and supporting other female-owned businesses is so important to me that I officially launched what I call my “gratitude project” -- WO3, a grassroots movement inspiring women all over the globe to come together for a day to partner, promote and support women-owned businesses.

After many conversations and a little brainstorming, a beautiful idea evolved – to redesign our signature BRA- sériē travel bag featuring one of Solene’s drawings. As we moved forward with this project, we realized it was a perfect collaboration! Solene’s artwork is an exquisite complement to the BRA-sériē brand and a wonderful opportunity to showcase her art beyond the local art studios and galleries.


Words cannot express how pleased I am with this project, and the satisfaction it gives me to take another positive step in achieving an important part of BRA-sériē’s mission -- to play an active role in supporting and elevating women!

Woman holding drawstring bag with white flower decorative bra straps inside, close-up.
Artwork created by Solene Furlanis.

Our Featured Artist: Meet Solene Furlanis

To learn more about Solene, click here to read my Q & A interview.

Instagram: @solenefurlanisstudio

Woman wearing bra with grey lace decorative bra straps, sitting.
Solene is wearing the Flower Lace BRA-serie.


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