ABOUT ME, ALINA "GOIA" VELAI grew up watching my granny(mama Ica) and my mom, making clothes...sewing, crocheting knitting, embroidering and working at the loom. I’ve always been in love with sewing.I make clothes and create patterns since I was 7 years old.
I remember I was almost six years old when I finally convinced my granny to let me sew with her mechanical sewing machine, Ileana.Since then It became my fairyland, where I escape every time that life gets tough to create new designs.
This is not a hobby for me... nor my work, this is my life style. I don't know how to live without it.
December 1, 2008 - April 2011 : I was also making sterling silver jewelry with semiprecious stones. I used to sell them in person in various countries in Europe; Romania, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Norway and England.
May 2011 : After I moved to the United States, I opened my online shop "Goia Boutique" on Etsy.Goia , it's my grandparents last name, they made the family that we are today.
Christmas 2013 : Was the last time when I saw my granny and I will never forget the happiness in her eyes telling me that I made her and the whole family very proud. She asked me to never give up no matter how hard life may get, it almost seemed like she knew that she was not going to be here much longer to support me morally. And as I promised to my granny : I WILL NEVER GIVE UP!
I thank my family for all the help and the support that they keep giving me.
Thank you everyone who ordered from my shop and helped me live my dream.
I thank my granny(mama Ica) and grandpa(Momo) for being my role models and my guardian angels.
ABOUT GOIA BOUTIQUE & GOIA PRODUCTS
I make each product in my home based studio in Carmel by the Sea, CA. I always been a perfectionist. I love to use high quality fabrics and threads and high end sewing machines and softwares. My hubby helps me with the packaging and mailing the orders. He also helps me with the customer service and the marketing.
All important decisions are taken together with my hubby, my mom, my dad and my sisters.
My machines helpers:) are:
2 Babylock Enterprise - 10 needles professional embroidery machines
1 Babylock Alliance - 1 needle professional embroidery machine
2 Babylock Jane - professional sewing machines
1 Babylock Ovation - profesional serger machine