Designer of The ROPES

Colorful, eye-catching and unique to our way of life here on the coast of Maine - it's The ROPES bracelets! Available in 4 trendy styles (The Portland, The Kennebunk, The Scarborough and The Cape Elizabeth) these items are on high demand in both of our stores - and for good reason!

The talent behind these highly sought-after bracelets is local Portland designer, Shana Aldrich Ready. She's a mom, wife and designer with some serious style up her sleeve (literally!). And she's giving Dish readers a closer look into her booming business.

First of all, congratulations on all your success thus far with The ROPES. We absolutely love all your designs - and our customers do too! How did The ROPES get started?
I started making The ROPES by accident actually! It was about a year and a half ago; we were in the middle of winter and I was playing around with some rope, twine, and string (basically whatever I could get my hands on around the house!). As many of my close friends know, I've always had a love & talent for making friendship bracelets - dating back to my Maine summer camp days! So I made my first two bracelets and began wearing them all the time. It didn't take long before my friends noticed the brightly colored bracelets on my wrists. My sister-in-law (Tyler Karu Ready) started to REALLY push and encourage me to go around to local stores with my bracelets, and to my surprise, they were a hit! I still can't believe how popular they've become... and so quickly!

What part of the design process do you like most?
Definitely coming up with new designs & different color combinations! When something stays the same it does not evolve. I am constantly searching for 'the next' bracelet, colors and/ or ways to improve my designs.

Who are your style icons & how would you describe your personal style?
My style icons are Audrey Hepburn, Kate Bosworth, Cameron Diaz, The Olsen twins and Gwyneth Paltrow. I like anyone that does not take fashion too seriously - I like imperfection because perfection is boring. I love the idea of taking a style, look or piece of clothing and putting your own twist on it!

What tips can you share with our readers about accessorizing their looks?
Accessories are often more important than the clothes themselves! Being a t-shirt and jeans kind of gal, I believe that a great scarf or piece of jewelry can easily take one's look from ordinary to something striking. I would advise people to keep their look simple and find what works for them.

What's your favorite bracelet that you've made to date?
My favorite bracelet is 'The Cape Elizabeth!' It's my newest design with the navy & white chevron-print rope!

What advice do you have for aspiring designers?
Being a designer is not easy (but then again, no one said it would be)! Life is a journey - you never know what's next. All you can do is be ready & never give up or compromise your dreams.

Wrapping up - your bracelets have been getting tons of great press lately, being featured in Lucky Magazine, Lulu Magazine, Elle and the popular blogs Refinery 29 and Atlantic-Pacific. What can we expect to see from The ROPES in the future?
In the future you can expect to see many more great jewelry designs, as well as a few new accessories - all incorporating rope of course!

{A special thank you to Shana for taking the time to chat with us. We're proud to have such a talented designer in our city & we know the best is yet to come for The ROPES!}

♥ Keriann