Recently Stingray Advisory Group’s founder, Leandra Nisbet, had the pleasure of interviewing Taryn Kutches, a mother of two whose day job is being a sales engineer and has also found success as co-founder of the women’s fashion backpack company, Parker Design. As fellow entrepreneurs, the women were of no shortage of topics to discuss.
Kutches had always wanted to run a passion career of her own, but deciding on a path, at least initially, proved to be difficult for her. “I don’t have some hobby that I’m crazy good at; I wasn’t some super good chef that dreamed of opening their own restaurant someday or some insane painter that dreamed of being an artist, you know? I never really had that hobby that I wanted to turn into [a career].” Because she was not overly passionate about a specific hobby, Kutches initially struggled with the idea for her project.
Inspiration can strike from anywhere, and that was certainly the case for Parker Design’s Rosa PAK. “The [idea for] designing a backpack completely came out of the blue,” Kutches recalls. “ I was actually at the auto show in Detroit. I was walking around and just, for whatever reason, took notice of what people were carrying. A lot of men had backpacks on, and it looked fitting. They had suits and backpacks and it didn’t look too out of place. I started looking at what women were carrying, and most of them were carrying tote bags...I pictured in my mind what a backpack would look like on those outfits, and I realized that wouldn’t go.”