Maker Profile: Katrina Moscato of Peregrine Supply Co.
Meet the Maker is an ongoing series that showcases up-and-coming designers, artists and creatives. Meet Vancouver maker Katrina Moscato whose soap making experiments led to a full-fledged line of grooming products for men.
Who are you and what do you design?
I'm Katrina and I along with my two partners (Tyler & John) design a line of men's grooming products called Peregrine Supply Co.
Tell us a bit about how you got you to where you are today.
All of us started off at different places. Personally I was working at a youth group and I thought I had my dream job. I got to plan summer camps and most of my days consisted of tough decisions like should we have an ice cream sundae bar for snack or a waffle bar?
Last summer I finished up my degree and started thinking maybe I wanted to do something different then what I had planned. My boyfriend Tyler and his best friend John had spent the summer experimenting with soap making and had started a line of men's grooming products. I came back from camp and decided I needed a change so I quit my job, without any real plan. I started talking to Tyler about how I thought we could really go somewhere with Peregrine and he asked me to come alongside him and help with administration and planning. I should point out this entire conversation happened a local pub, like all good decisions....
If you could choose one word to describe your collection what would it be.
But actually, my lovely lab Eddy normally wakes me up with his snoring, and then he follows me to the kitchen while I make espresso. I have to read and journal before I can start my day. Sometimes I'll go for a run and then check emails and make breakfast. I'm definitely more of an afternoon person....
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration from a lot of the places that I've travelled to and my family background. Both Tyler and I are kind of in love with functional design. A lot our inspiration comes from direct experiences that have shaped our perspective on things.
Tell us about maintaining a balance. Do you?
This is a tough one for me. Outside of Peregrine I work anywhere from 15-35 hours a week so I'm always trying to find the perfect balance. Somedays I do a much better job than others. I'm sometimes stuck in the mentality that longer hours means I'm working harder, when really I think there is a way to work smarter rather than longer. I'm getting better at knowing my limits but It's definitely a work in progress.
Is there a designer or brand with whom you’d love to collaborate?
There's a brand called Golden Beards out of Copenhagen that I would love to work with.
What advice would you give someone who is looking to launch their own business?
Find people who will support you. I think launching your own business is one of the bravest things you can do. You have to be willing to put everything on the line and there is zero guarantee things will turn out the way you planned. Be flexible, things will not go according to plan but that's okay! Don't be afraid of failure. A mentor of mine once told me to be so passionate about what you do that you would rather fail at this then succeed at anything else. Lastly, be patient, it will take time. A lot of the time I've found that the things I worked on a year ago are just paying off now. You never know when something will come to fruition but that doesn't mean you stop working.
What’s next for you?
We want to take Peregrine international. I love being a local company but I have big dreams when it comes to our future. We're working on being available worldwide. We're also desperately seeking a bigger studio space.