Meet Helen & Karen from Pocket Poppet
Posted on March 09 2016
Meet Helen and Karen who created a clever and portable way to ward off the cold with their product called The Pocket Poppet.
1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
My name is Helen Tyler and I am 54 year old. I currently live in Chicago and
am originally from the UK. My original background was in the music industry.
After living in the US for a few years, I started working in the service industry
and dabbled in many entrepreneurial ideas. In 2013 my business partner
Karen Hill-Krolow and I launched H & K The Poppet Company.
2. Tell me about your business/product.
H & K The Poppet Company is the parent company of The Poppet Cardigan
On The Go, Paris Packable Wrap Dress & the Turnaround Tank. The idea for
the Poppet came after a conversation over coffee. Karen had been cold in an
air-conditioned restaurant and was not prepared with a cover up. I often get
chilly and kept a small cardigan in my purse for such occasions. The cardigan
would always get dirty in my purse and didn’t look pretty, but did the job. At
that point I said ‘ someone should invent a cardigan that you can keep in your
purse and it doesn’t get dirty.” After our conversation I went away and made
a prototype using a cardigan, shower curtain ( for the pocket) and put it
together using safety pins. In the meantime, I did endless research to see if
such a product already existed – it did not. I bumped into Karen again the
following weekend and told her that I had been working on a prototype, she
said that she had also been thinking about it and had capital. We agreed to
meet the next morning and after a long discussion, decided to join forces to
create the Pocket Poppet Cardigan on The Go, a stylish , packable and
compact cover up for women on the go. We are expanding our line of ‘ Style
On The Go’ packable clothing by introducing a packable, wrinkle resistant
dress and two -sided tank in 2016.
3. Why do you think female entrepreneurs are more successful then men? What
qualities, leadership skills, time management skills etc. do they posses that
men do not?
I don’t know if female entrepreneurs are always more successful than men,
but I do believe that women possess the ability to multi-task more efficiently.
We also tend toward working from the heart and naturally network and
share ideas, sources and information with other women. If we can’t find what
we are looking for many of us will create out of need. After all ‘ Necessity is
the Mother of invention.’
Poppet's new Kate Wedding Shrug
4. If you had one piece of advice for a female entrepreneur, what would it be?
My one piece of advice for a female entrepreneur would be: Make sure there
a need/market for your product and does it solve a problem. Really
investigate how much your product will cost to make, what your profit
margin and wholesale costs will be and can you make this a viable profitable
product. It takes a LOT of painstaking research, time, passion, hard work,
networking, brainstorming and support to get a product to market. Really
think about what you have, how you can make it if and can you make a living
doing it ( if this is your desired end result).
5. What other female entrepreneur do you admire and why?
I really admire Lori Greiner from Shark Tank. She has made something out of
nothing, continues to invent and re-invent. She seems to have achieved
balance in her life and through the success retains her passion and drive.
To learn more about Poppet click here: http://pocketpoppet.com/