We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Worrell and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Samantha, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
You know how they say businesses are started to solve a personal problem? Well, that was definitely true for The Gift Tailor. After I had children, I ended my career as a litigator and went on a pursuit of that hallowed work-life balance between working and motherhood. That led me to a career as an in-house compliance lawyer helping firms get to know their clients deeper than is typical. As I researched all of these clients all over the world and saw all the wildly varying businesses and innovations in the world, it set a spark inside me. That spark was then ignited by my kids. One year they created their own choreography and performed it for me as a birthday present. It was so sweet and imaginative of them. Afterward, they lamented that because I had recently gotten divorced and they were just little kids with no money, I wouldn’t get “proper” birthday gifts anymore. Of course, I love anything they give me … the hand-made cards and drawings, and their choreographed performances but I realized they had a point, and thought surely I couldn’t be the only woman in that position. That started the germ of the idea that a few years later would be launched as The Gift Tailor! As I fleshed out the business idea, I realized that busy professionals need gifts for business reasons too but few people enjoyed searching for the right gifts as much as I do. Because I came from a professional services background, I decided on a business model where I would help other businesses to connect and build relations with their clients and their teams through a done-for-them gifting experience.

What should our readers know about your business?
My company is The Gift Tailor, a boutique business gifting firm that helps solve the problem of how do you cut through all the noise – the social media, the emails – to reach your clients and build relationships with them. The way I offer is through small, thoughtful touch points of gifts to create a memorable impression, and communicate my client’s story or brand. Gifting done right is a powerful way to nurture relationships and for business development and referrals. Who doesn’t want more referrals! I’ve found many people struggle with figuring out what to give to make clients and staff feel valued, and just don’t have the time to spend on this area. That’s where I come in. What sets us apart from others is that we’re a bespoke service not a pre-selected gift basket company. Gifts are curated to order based on the client’s needs at that time. Plus because of my compliance background, we can offer an end-to-end gifting solution. One of the things that makes me proud and excited to be in this business is that I get to support and share the products of other small, business-owners through my service, be they local, family-owned, minority-owned or female-owned. It’s really fascinating to hear the stories and the passion behind the products directly from the artisans that make them.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Gosh, I’ve not been out and about since we locked down last March so I’m not sure what’s out there; but here’s what I would say pre-pandemic. We’d ride the trolley, then do a bit of strolling and chilling out at Klyde Warren park. I’d skip the food trucks and walk across to the Plaza of the Americas Mall under the Chase Tower. There’s a pizza place there with huge NY slices and friendly folks who’ll tell you that every slice is an “excellent choice” – which is true! But my favorite is their lasagna slice. For happy hour, in that area, the Rattlesnake bar. Or a smoking berry & bubbles cocktail at Ocean prime, those make for a great show! For a view: drinks and apps at the revolving bar in the Reunion Tower. For shopping the outlets in Allen and Grapevine because Brits (I’m originally from London), usually want to do a bit of outlet shopping when they visit America. Northpark because it has everything from high street to high end. But we’d skip the mall’s food and pop across 75 to grab lunch at Bowl and Barrel – the sandwiches are so good there and the owners are lovely people. It wouldn’t feel like a trip to Texas without seeing horses and cowboys so we’d have to do a trip out to the Stockyards. I have a couple of friends out in Fort Worth now so I’ve been shown some cool places out there like The Press Café, and a little basement jazz bar in the downtown area. For an evening outdoors: a picnic in the park to catch a Shakespeare Dallas play. They are so committed to their craft and sitting under the night skies watching Shakespeare literally whisks you away. Or an outdoor concert at the Gexa pavilion, a lot of artists old school and new come to Dallas and tickets are very reasonable. We’d wrap up the week with brunch at Whiskey Cake because the food is good and, well, there’s whiskey cake!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Entrepreneurship was totally new to me so I’ve had coaches along the way, read ALOT of business and self development books & mags and gladly accepted any mentorship or tips. I won’t name names for fear of leaving anyone out. I will give a huge shout out to the folks that have been my accountability partners, given me tough love, allowed me to bounce ideas and fears off them. The suppliers who’ve been flexible when my orders were too small or I had tight deadlines, and also shared their business journeys. Friends, family & colleagues cheering me on by liking, sharing and commenting on social media so that I know I’m not just posting into an abyss! Also, I’m eternally grateful to those who took a chance on my fledgling business by becoming a client and allowing me to bring their gifting goals to life. And I know I said no names, but thanks to Jaden & Olivia – my corazones, and the reason and inspiration for The Gift Tailor.

Website: https://thegifttailor.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thegifttailor
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samanthaworrell/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegifttailor
Other: Club House: @thegifttailor https://www.linkedin.com/company/thegifttailor

Image Credits
Kate Voskova

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