Meet Eilidh! The woman who boldly opened her dream vintage shop to help lift up other female creatives and makers.
Meet Eilidh! Eilidh was born in Philly and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. After living in Austin and San Francisco she settled in Philly in 2000. Eilidh has consistently worked in the restaurant business, but her passion project has always been vintage. She had a brief stint as a vintage shop owner in San Francisco, however, that didn’t work out. So, in 2015, she decided it was now or never if she wanted to open up a shop in Philly. Her collection was overflowing and she wanted to share all of her finds!
Eilidh initially opened Made and Maker with Michelle Latner from Keta Handmade. The goal was to represent female makers in Philadelphia that were busy with motherhood and/or full-time jobs. They wanted their shop to be a place where these women could showcase their own passion projects.
Michelle had her workshop in the back and they would sell her finished products in the store along with other makers from Philly. Eilidh and Michelle were only open evening hours as they were both working full time jobs in the restaurant business and that’s when they could be there. Luckily for them, when they felt like they needed to have daytime hours, they were able to lean on friends to help open the store and maintain regular hours. It was a real community effort to make Made and Maker what it is and what it remains like today.
Roses and Thorns
An unexpected rose for Eilidh came in the form of Kiley Lotz. “Initially as a customer we got to know each other and she offered to help me full time. She is literally an angel sent from heaven. We share the same creative drive and desire to help lift other women with their own creative aspirations. Kiley came in and revamped all of our social media and the website along with maintaining that same old school dress shop vibe with all of the amazing customers that come in.”
Eilidh has always been grateful and proud of the clientele she has built over the years. The pandemic proved that tenfold. It was a huge chunk of time with no income and still needing to pay rent. Thanks to Made and Maker’s clientele they were able to make it through to the other side.