what’s in a name?

I wanted to do a quick post about my brand name and how it came to be (and to also do a short update because it’s been a while).

Almost 4 years ago now I began to have dreams about making handmade items that I could sell and make a full-time job. At that time I had no idea what I could even make but was eager to give myself a brand name.

One day while serving up coffee and pancakes at a brunch cafe in Philly, it came to me! Each day we had to spoon strawberry jam and orange marmalade in to small ramekins. As a child my grandmother loved having orange marmalade on her toast and that little task at work fondly reminded me of her. However, when I was a kid I thought orange marmalade was ground up goldfish!!!! Obviously, I refused to eat it then and didn’t try it until I was at that job and happened to love it (duh!).

Somehow, the name Orange Mandalade came to me. It in part used my name and this funny tidbit that still makes me smile when I think about it. Eventually, I decided to shorten the name to o.mandalade as I don’t have a fondness of the color orange, just the fruit and marmalade forms. I’ve thought a million times about changing the name for my now original designs and handmade bags but somehow it just sticks to me.


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