Elizabeth Laura Quinn McGowan's love of purses and totes inspired her daughter Laura to begin searching for stylish bags to adorn her walker. Disappointed that she couldn't find anything that her mother found attractive enough to attach to her walker, Laura turned to friends to make custom bags for the walker. "Betty" loved them and gushed that they were made just for her! After the passing of Betty in 2012, Laura asked a friend to work with her to come up with a design that could be customized in a variety of fabrics for a variety of tastes.
Why Liza Quinn, LLC? Since Laura was founding a unique and contemporary company, she was looking for a name rooted in familial tradition; yet, with a unique and contemporary flair. Since Elizabeth Laura Quinn McGowan was the inspiration for the product offerings, Laura looked to adopt a twist on her Mom's name. "Betty" was mostly Irish and loved her maiden name of Quinn! Yes, she was proud of her married name of McGowan but considered her maiden name a badge of honor. Laura then looked to shorten her first name of Elizabeth and adopt a unique and contemporary twist. Thus, the business quickly became "Liza Quinn."
Why Michigan? Elizabeth Laura Quinn McGowan, the inspiration for this business, was born and raised in Michigan and remained in Michigan throughout her life. She sang the praises of the Great Lakes State every opportunity she had! Her daughter, the founder of Liza Quinn LLC, is committed to the growth of the Great Lakes State. Michigan has had its share of struggles in recent years, but things are turning around and Laura is looking to roll up her sleeves and do her part to contribute to Michigan's growing economy.
Future Offerings? Plans are in the works to offer additional designs and fabric offerings for men, women and children of all ages. Please visit us often to stay abreast of new product offerings.
Partners! As Laura prepared to launch Liza Quinn LLC, she relied on the friendship and talents of dear, dear friends. Sarah Robart Didion sewed Betty's first walker bag. Betty was thrilled - and a huge fan of Sarah's! Elise Brogan developed the design used for all of our current offerings. Mike Rizik of Rizik & Rizik in Grand Blanc, MI secured our LLC and registered the business with the State of Michigan. Sue Rizik brainstormed with Laura over countless lunches at the Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor, MI. Jennifer Barrett Ledgerwood of Jenny Lane Studios took all of the promotional pictures in her Holly, MI studio. Laura's sister-in-law, Susan Fry, helped edit the logo. Marie Seiden of M. Seiden & Associates helped refine product cards + tags. Most importantly, Laura's husband Stephen James Fry provided the love and support every entrepreneur craves.
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