Montecito Moms: Kelly Hatchett
Every now and then I get a glimpse of a bright, rainbow-colored blanket flapping in the wind atop a stroller sprinting down the San Ysidro path. The colors on the blanket are so vibrant, they look like they are ready for Fiesta.
So, what a treat to learn that the woman behind the blanket, the runner, and the knitter are Montecito native, Kelly Hatchett.
Hatchett attended Montecito Union and Summerland schools before heading to UCSB.
She then moved to San Francisco to attend the fashion institute and returned to Montecito to work for Wendy Foster.
Her company, LaVereda, launched in 2016.
Says Hatchett, “Growing up here, I spent so much of my life on a path to the beach or a trail to the mountains. LaVereda means the “path/trail”… so I thought it was the perfect name when I started my company.” In a nice parallel, LaVereda is also the street where these blankets are created!
Hachett started with baby blankets and has since expanded to full-size blankets, beach towels, and hoodies. “I have sewn and knitted since I was a little girl. It has been a dream come true to have a small creative business while raising my own kids!”
She works on her business early in the morning (when her two young children are in school). Her products, including her signature rainbow blankets, are bright, happy, cozy, and durable (machine wash/dry). Most importantly – they are all handmade here in town. She uses a wholesaler for the fabrics and brings in an assistant to help with producing larger orders.
Her blankets are sold at Angel in Montecito, as well as Chicken Little downtown, Seaside Makers FZ, Folly, and Bon Fortune in Carpinteria.
She also teaches embroidery workshops.
If you would like to learn more, go to www.laveredasb.com to email and get updates on classes or online purchases.