HF#49 Connecting Culture, Creativity, and Community with Erika Neumayer Ehrat of Rare Dirndl

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HF#49 Connecting Culture, Creativity, and Community with Erika Neumayer Ehrat of Rare Dirndl
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In episode 49, Erika Neumayer Ehrat shares how she’s built a niche business – Rare Dirndl –  creating fashion-forward styles that still honor traditions to help American women celebrate German culture.

“I started Rare Dirndl in 2010 because, as an active member of the German community in Chicago, I was so disappointed to see that Germany’s dirndl designs were lightyears ahead of the designs coming out of the US. So, I decided to change that! Today we are a small team of women dedicated to bringing the world high-quality & fashion-forward dirndls, blouses, bloomers, and accessories.”

Erika Neumayer Ehrat of Rare Dirndl on How Fitting podcast episode 49

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The market gap Erika noticed in the US Dirndl market
  • How Erika built a business around such a small niche
  • What makes Rare Dirndls so rare
  • How Erika connects with her heritage through clothing
  • Places to wear a dirndl other than Octoberfest
  • How to know it is time to stop making everything yourself in your business
  • How Erika got started working with a factory instead of making everything herself
  • What outsourcing did for Erika’s business and lifestyle
  • The line between wearing cultural dress in your own personal style and cultural appropriation – and how Rare Dirndl respects the cultural intent.
  • How Erika manages the seasonality of cash flow and sales in her business

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