December 2, 2015 artsetters

Sea Sick Style|Meet Caroline Sweet of FanSea Motion Sickness Bands

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Caroline has found a way to put style into a motion sickness remedy. Out with the ugly remedy bracelets and in with a more fashionable way to fight motion sickness, introducing FanSea Motion Sickness Bands. The bands cure multiples types of motion sickness from boats, airplanes, cars, pregnancies, or any other activity that could turn your stomach.

What inspired you to be a designer and how did you get started?

As I have stated on my website, my product evolved from my inability to find what I wanted anywhere. My husband and I take a lot of cruises, and I dress for dinner every night. I have been plagued with motion sickness since I was a child, and the remedies available were limited to Dramamine (makes me sleepy), behind the ear patch (gives me a headache), and boring gray motion sickness bands. So, I was inspired to design fancy motion sickness bands for more formal wear. Hence the name of my company: FanSea Motion Sickness Bands.

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Where were you born, where have you lived most of your life, and how has this influenced your brand?

I was born in Chicago, Illinois and have lived in the Los Angeles area since 1965. I have lived in Santa Barbara, CA for the past 15 years, which is right on the sea, and I see it every day. In the 1980’s and 90’s, I designed and manufactured a semi precious jewelry line called “French Girl International”. It was in all the major department stores and boutiques, and was very successful until imports in bridge jewelry began to come in from China.

Describe your day in the life?

My life is mostly working on the computer with my sales and deliveries, and the rest of the time, enjoying my life here in Santa Barbara with my husband. I am also in the CALM Auxiliary, which is a local non profit organization here in SB.

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What materials do you use and where do you source them?

The components for my FanSea Bands come from several resources from San Clemente, CA to Maine. My factory is here, on the grounds of my home.

What gets your creative juices flowing? Are you an early-bird or a night owl? What songs are you listening to? What are you wearing?

I love working at night. I design new styles for my bands, while listening to my favorite singer, Adele. Then, upload new photos of my product to my website, in my pajamas with my little 8 lb. dog, Cooky, at my feet.

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Describe the first piece you ever designed…

My very first FanSea Band was a black and brown tiger print with a rhinestone heart in the center. It is still the most popular style and I sell lots of them.

Who is your mentor?

My mentor is my husband, who has been a professional auctioneer for the past 36 years. He is my inspiration and my advisor.

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How would you describe your personal style, both wardrobe and home decor?

My personal style has always been fashion forward. My home décor is surprisingly antique with a definite European look.

What advice would you give to up & coming designers that want to start their own brand?

To all those out there who are thinking of starting their own brand: make a product that you currently can’t find, or is very difficult to find, and make it available to everyone. You can’t lose.

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What’s next for you?

I would like to expand my line to include styles for men and children. I am working on that now.

FanSea Motion Sickness Bands are a combination of an acupressure band for motion sickness, and a fashion accessory. Check out my website at www.fanseamotionsicknessbands.com and you’ll see what I am talking about.

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Horoscope: My astrological sign is Sagittarius.

Favorite Color: Any shade of blue.

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