I have known Whitney Caudle since Spring Break our freshman year of college. We stayed in a house in Destin, FL that was half Chi Os and half Kappas. We had so much fun that week and many of us stayed friends throughout college and after. I always had so much fun with Whitney and she always had the best style.
After we graduated from the University of Alabama, Whitney moved back to Charlotte and started Piper Collection. Whitney creates pillows and handbags using bold colors and unique textures. All of her designs are GORGEOUS and I’ve linked some of my favorites below.
And let me tell you, it was not easy to narrow it down to only FIVE pillows to post. They are all so beautiful.
I asked Whitney a few questions about Piper Collection:
Tell me how Piper Collection started.
My major was apparel and textile design at the University of Alabama and I knew I wanted to use my degree. My mom is an interior designer and had the idea. I would meet her at the Atlanta Gift & Home show during college and walk the shows with her. I never saw any pillows that jumped out at me, so I decided that there could be a real niche market and just went with it!
Where did you get the name?
Piper was the name of the most giant, gentle horse at my family’s barn near Asheville, NC. I’ve always loved the name and wanted my company to reflect bits of my family.
What inspired you to want to work in the design/textile world?
My mom. She has amazing taste and can make any interior room look fabulous.
What is a typical day like for you?
Every day is different. Typically, I answer emails, phone calls, take orders, and ship orders. I am still a one-woman show so that in itself keeps me extremely busy. I schedule design time each week for new product, but sometimes customer service takes precedent.
What is your favorite item you sell?
Pillows! I firmly believe that a fine quality pillow is such a great investment. They are durable, comfortable, and so pretty. Changing your pillows can change the whole look of a room. I would say my favorite pillow right now is the Big AL pillow since it’s football season 🙂
What is the most challenging part about owning your own business?
Doing literally everything. Since I am still flying solo, with little to no help in the office, that requires a lot of decisions to be made and I don’t always know if I am making the right one. Starting Piper and keeping it afloat has definitely been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I have worked so hard to get where I am today and have so many mixed emotions about sharing my company (my baby for the past 5 years) and opening it up to others even though I know I cannot do things on my own forever.
What is the most rewarding part about owning your own business?
Freedom. I love being my own boss and I love that I have something to call my own. I think this job was 100% meant for me!
Tell me about your trip to India and what you learned there.
India is incredible and I absolutely loved everything about it. The culture is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been. The craftsmanship is unlike any work I’ve seen. If you ask if they can do something, the answer will be yes. Their aspect of family life is so inspiring to me and the values that stand behind my company. The poverty is heart breaking but the love in the country is just the best! I recommend everyone to go if it’s on their bucket list!
Where do you get your inspiration for the pillow designs/names?
Each pillow is named after a friend or family member 🙂
What’s in your purse?
Wallet, keys, chapstick, and a dog toy/leash. My dog basically is my child (and Piper mascot) and goes everywhere I go!