Colorful, eye-catching and unique to our way of life here on the coast of Maine - it’s The ROPES bracelets! Available in 4 trendy styles (The Portland, The Kennebunk, The Scarborough and The Cape Elizabeth) these items are on high demand in both of our stores - and for good reason!
The talent behind these highly sought-after bracelets is local Portland designer, Shana Aldrich Ready. She’s a mom, wife and designer with some serious style up her sleeve (literally!). And she’s giving Dish readers a closer look into her booming business.
First of all, congratulations on all your success thus far with The ROPES. We absolutely love all your designs - and our customers do too! How did The ROPES get started?
I started making The ROPES by accident actually! It was about a year and a half ago; we were in the middle of winter and I was playing around with some rope, twine, and string (basically whatever I could get my hands on around the house!). As many of my close friends know, I’ve always had a love & talent for making friendship bracelets - dating back to my Maine summer camp days! So I made my first two bracelets and began wearing them all the time. It didn’t take long before my friends noticed the brightly colored bracelets on my wrists. My sister-in-law (Tyler Karu Ready) started to REALLY push and encourage me to go around to local stores with my bracelets, and to my surprise, they were a hit! I still can’t believe how popular they’ve become... and so quickly!
What part of the design process do you like most?
Definitely coming up with new designs & different color combinations! When something stays the same it does not evolve. I am constantly searching for 'the next' bracelet, colors and/ or ways to improve my designs.