If you’re looking for something unique, we’d like to introduce you to Jorje (pronounced “George”) Marie Schilling. The mother of six and owner of D&G Bowtique, Jorge creates exquisite handmade hair bows that make the most special of gifts for mothers—and their daughters—everywhere.
And what is even more touching is how these beautiful bows were the way that Jorje created a new life for herself.
How these beautiful bows allowed her to reclaim her life after the heartbreak of domestic violence.
Here’s her story…
Jorje: I’ve always loved ribbons and bows. When I had my first daughter, I never could find anything I really liked. So I decided to start making bows for her myself. For all her different outfits. As I kept making them (and they kept getting better with practice), I started to get comments like “Oh you really should get into business with us. These things are really nice and we like these.”
To be honest, making bows for me is really therapeutic. When I have my hands in the ribbon, it’s one of the rare times where my mind isn’t floating in a thousand different directions. And when I can forget the heartbreak of what I lived through in terms of the domestic violence.
It is healing because I get lost in that whole thing and my creativity starts flowing.
It’s where I’m most peaceful.
Jorje: I get my inspiration from a lot of things…Each bow, even though they may seem similar, is different because I don’t have a template or measurement. They’re all unique.
Having said that, when I make a bow for someone, I try to get their vision in my head. What is it that she wants? What outfit is it for? What is her child’s personality?
My clients often send me pictures of outfits to see if I can make something to go with it; my most important inspiration is trying to see what the customer is looking for…
Also, my own kids inspire me. I have three little girls and I watch them put together clothes when they’re playing dress up. And I think to myself, “Oh you know what? I never even thought that that would go together!”
Jorje: My favorite part of the holidays is to have my whole family together. That is really important to me. I treasure it. I call it my beautiful chaos. Everybody gets together, talks at once, giggles, laughs, jokes and just plays around. I can sit back and listen to that for hours. We do cook too. My oldest ones, they’ve been talking about baking for two weeks now. “Are we going to make the Kool Aide pie? Are we going to make this?” I’m just looking so forward to it.
Jorje: Describe my business in one sentence? This one is hard.
My business is more than just bows; for me, it represents hope and life.
I had a tumultuous marriage and making these bows allowed me to reclaim my life—and hope.
Creating these bows is a restoration process that has helped me enormously. When you first get out of a bad marriage you’re full of emotions and things. You try to regain confidence and strength.
So I think what I’d like to eventually have in my business is to be able to extend the same kind of opportunity to every woman getting out of a bad marriage.
I’d love to give them the same kind of hope and inspiration that I found working with these bows.
I’d love to help them get on their feet and give them an opportunity to work.
I’ve had several ideas such as collaborating with a local shelter.
My bows are beauty birthed out of brokenness.
Cute, colorful, sassy and fun. Jorje creates bows for all types of little girls.
This year give the gift of style.
Created by a woman who traded in being broken and hopeless for beauty and hope.
Check out Jorje’s latest creations here.