Monica Wreede organizes brochures for her “Accessory Connectz.”
DELPHOS — Mary Kay Ash once said “When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity.” This philosophy is how local children’s clothing and accessories designer Monica Wreede came to invent what she now calls “Accessory Connectz.” The idea for the product came about when Wreede began making embellished flip-flops.
“I started making flip-flops that I would attach hair bows and things so that they could match to their outfits,” she said last August. “Each time a customer saw a certain accessory they liked on the flip-flops they’d have to buy a whole new pair. So I came up with this little strap that you snap onto the flip flop and then I designed the accessories to snap onto the strap, so they only have to buy one pair of flip-flops and then just change the accessory.”
In addition to flip-flops, the design lends versatility to headbands, pet collars and anything else a customer can think of.
On June 23, Wreede’s invention will be one of three vying for the top prize of Dallas Market Center’s Next Big Thing National Product Search contest during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market.
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