CAIN injection has Caymanian Tamara in stitches

Tamara Tigerlily Hill is expected to debut her spring 2010 collection in a few weeks.

Tamara Hill, Crown Atelier

Tamara Hill, Crown Atelier

Her clothes already enjoy growing popularity with some of Hollywood’s young A-listers.

With help from the Cayman Angel Investor Network, Tamara can now move her business to the next level.

Crown Atelier, the brand name under which Tamara’s clothing is marketed, is a feminine, flirty, sophisticated and affordable line for women of all ages. For the upcoming spring showing, Tamara has worked on expanding her collection to include a fresh take on mini dresses, blazers, shorts, rompers and cropped lambskin leather jackets.

‘I’ve used luxurious fabrics with unexpected details like ruffles, beautiful stitching, strong shoulders and so on. This adds dimension and personality to each piece,’ she said.

Having worked as a wardrobe stylist who focused on print editorials, red carpet assignments and music videos, she is aware of how to set trends, not follow them.

“Tamara first came to the attention of the Cayman Angel Investor Network through an introduction from the CIIB. Whilst CAIN’s focus is primarily on businesses that a) we as a group have knowledge of and experience in, and b) are based in Cayman, Tamara’s “pitch” was most impressive. She is qualified and experienced in fashion design, plus she also has qualifications and experience international finance, so her business plan and presentation to us was first class,’ said CAIN investor, Tom McCallum. ‘Warren Buffett, perhaps the greatest investor of all time, believes in investing in managers as much as in companies. The investment by CAIN members in Crown Atelier definitely falls into that category. Would we invest in fashion design in LA with anyone but Tamara Hill? It wouldn’t be likely.”

Having discovered a keen affinity for fashion from as far back as she can remember, this Caymanian transitioned her concepts and vision into a business venture in 2006 when she partnered with a university classmate to start a fashion line. She later became a Cayman Islands Investment Bank client and when she approached the agency about investment funding, Executive Director Dax Basdeo put her in touch with CAIN. That subsequent injection of capital allowed Tamara to further develop Crown Atelier operations and meet the additional costs imposed from accepting orders as she can now finance the production side of things. When asked how the CIIB/CAIN partnership impacted her life Hill happily declares, ‘my business now has prospects of continuity and a dream is now a reality.’

Crown Atelier clothing can be found in Beverly Hills stores like Swirl Boutique, Shop Amelie and Rouge. Select Nordstrom chains will carry the line in February 2010 and she continues to add boutique outlets in other states over time, the most recent being Colorado and Arizona. For more information on product distribution, check for website updates at www.crownatelier.com.

About CAIN

CAIN was launched 22 March, 2006, and is an investment network made up of local business leaders and successful entrepreneurs who have an interest in stimulating Caymanian entrepreneurship by providing investment capital, strategic advice and mentoring to early-stage companies. The Cayman Islands Investment Bureau assists CAIN in providing technical assistance and administering the application process for equity funding. Call 945-0943 for further details.

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