Malene Barnett

 

TBF Entrepreneurs

 

MALENE BARNETT

Principal & Creative Director, Malene B Custom Handmade Carpets

 

THE KEY TO STARTING MY OWN BUSINESS…

I couldn’t just have an idea — I had to do my research. I followed designers I admired to figure out what I wanted to focus on. I took classes, joined business and networking groups, and found mentors and a business coach. Getting to where I am today took over a decade of planning. The work never stops.

 

I FIND DESIGN INSPIRATION IN…

Travel. I have been to five continents, which have influenced me in different ways. I look at traveling as my master’s degree in life. My rug “Mendi” is inspired by an Indian hand painting ceremony, “Wolof” by the stylish Wolof people in Senegal and “Papunya” from Aborigine spiritual paintings.

 

MY ELEVATOR PITCH ON WHY TO BUY A MALENE B DESIGN…

These are distinct carpets that transform your space — luxury, handmade and all imported from Nepal, India and China. I design them personally, inspired by my travels around the world. You won’t see anything like them. My work tells stories and each carpet features different techniques — very different from most carpets you see out there.

 

I COULDN’T RUN MY BUSINESS WITHOUT…

The motivation, drive and desire to be different. I have a bold personality, the mindset of a visionary and a slew of patience.

 

 

 

MY ADVICE FOR ENTREPRENEURS STARTING A BUSINESS…

Do your homework and research. Figure out where you fit in the market. This takes years of preparing — nothing comes easily.