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Shay Carrillo // NPG

Limelight: Shay Carrillo from NPG | CLOTH & KIND

Hi. My name is… Shay Carrillo.

My company is… non-perishable goods.

I’m the… Owner/designer.

I make/design/create… Home and tabletop accessories, and accessories for child and woman.

Something you need to know about me is… This is a tough one as I am a culmination of so many things - my life/past experiences, my family, love for color/texture/handwork, I guess the list goes on!

Here’s how this company came to be… npg was born from the need to create napkins for my kids’ lunches for school.  Wanting to eliminate the everyday use of paper, I made up some simple linen napkins with finished edges… they became everyday napkins, today our top seller!  Over time I began creating and adding to the mix.

Limelight: Shay Carrillo | NPG | CLOTH & KIND

My absolute favorite thing we sell right now is… Clutches!  They are made with vintage textiles and leather, I feel they are an incredibly sophisticated yet rustic product.

Limelight: Shay Carrillo | NPG | CLOTH & KIND
Limelight: Shay Carrillo | NPG | CLOTH & KIND

Here’s a sneak peek of something we’re working on now… We will be excited to share some new products that we are developing using vintage kanthas.

Limelight: Shay Carrillo | NPG | CLOTH & KIND

I’m most proud of… I am truly proud of working along side many amazing people and particularly many amazing women, many of them mothers. Firstly, my right hand lady, Elizabeth Baena, whom I truly could not run my business without. We collaborate so well together and together are taking NPG to a new place that is super exciting. Elizabeth and I share a passionate love for handmade vintage textiles and this is our place of connection. She also brings all of her past design & production experience to npg- she is invaluable. I am also incredibly proud that we keep our larger production local with the help of Spooltown. Local photographer Leah Verwey currently shoots all of our photography.

I really detest… Trying to balance owning a small business, being a mom, and a good partner are all challenging… but I can’t say I detest any of it!

I could never have done it without this person… I couldn’t have done this without the tremendous support of my husband & family.

I consistently read these for inspiration… Pinterest, Instagram, many small independent designers, roost blog, NY Times style magazine. Inspiration comes from a lot of places for me-my children, cooking, travel, interacting with other local designers and artists.

I would like to share the limelight with… There are so many, but one designer that truly inspires me at the moment is Beatrice Venezuela. Her aesthetic and way of living are akin to my own. It is empowering to see others striving to live a beautiful, rich yet simple and heartfelt lifestyle.

Limelight: Shay Carrillo | NPG | CLOTH & KIND