Meet Carmen Rogge of The Flair Exchange, a Florida based party decoration studio. Carmen and her team painstakingly hand cut confetti and tassels so that you can kick back while throwing the party of the century. Carmen kindly answered all of our questions from DIY advice to who she'd invite to her dream party.
I Make… Mostly party decorations; but I’d like to think I make really great lattes.
First maker memory… On a bead loom, fourth grade.
Makers that inspire you… Dylan Design Co. creates incredible home wares. Tony, the creative force behind the company made us a pair of brass ottomans that are the epitome of craftsmanship. AND East London Liquor Company, small batch gin that you can only get in London. The flavors in this gin are so subtle and gentle, it’s very different from the juniper abrasive gins we’re accustomed to here in the states.
If you weren’t making party décor, you’d be... making clothing.
Favorite tool of the trade… Our confetti dies. They make perfect circles every.single.time.
Material(s) you want to work with… I’d love to work more with fabrics, just for fun.
Top Places to Source… Wouldn’t you like to know. But in all seriousness, as close to home as possible. We make sure all of the components and materials we use are sourced here in the USA.
Something you wish you could make… A poached egg.
Favorite place in Maitland, FL to snack…. Mediterranean Deli.
Favorite place in Maitland, FL to get your drink on… Eden Bar at the Enzian.
Favorite shop in Maitland, FL to blow your paycheck at… Adjectives. The vintage glassware selection is superb.
Favorite song at the moment…. Come Alive ( feat. Toro Y Moi )
Q: The Flair Exchange clearly brings the party. That being said, who would you invite to your ultimate dance party?
A: Oh. This is tough. All of my gal pals, cause they’ve got moves and Slow Magic because he’s got dancing tunes.
Q: To celebrate the start of Spring we're giving our subscribers the materials to make their own mini piñatas. After prototyping for a month though we can confirm that hand cutting fringe is exhausting. Any tips that Flair Exchange can offer to a DIY party decorator?
A: But it makes for great confetti right!?! I follow a 50 / 50 rule for parties. Half of the party is usually bought; half of it is usually handmade. It’s not advisable to DIY everything; you’ll never get the chance to actually enjoy your party.
Q: We read that you were a psych major before you mastered in tassels. Considering that colors can effect someone's mood, what color palette brings you the most joy?
A: Yep, that is correct. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do in college and it’s a pure shame that kids (cause that’s what I was) are forced to makes such big decisions at that stage in life. But! When it comes to colors, I really love all of them! Mixing color combinations for our products is hands down the best part of my job. When it comes to personal preferences; I’m a plain jane black, white & gray kind of gal.
Q: The Flair Exchange is stocked everywhere from Alabama to Greece and your tutorials have been featured on Apartment Therapy and Buzzfeed among many others. What's next to conquer?!
A: Aside from expanding our line to include party hats & party headwear; we’d love to collaborate with more brands & designers. I think we do our best when working as a community in support of one another’s endeavors.
We couldn't agree more! Follow The Flair Exchange on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram @theflairexchange, and check out their shop! We think the Handcut Confetti in Sorbet is the perfect companion to this month's Mini Pop Piñata.
All photos courtesy of The Flair Exchange.