Peace House Studio

  • Client: Kate and Nick Bergmann
  • Business: Peace House Studio
  • Location: Bath
  • County: Sagadahoc
  • Client Since: 2019
  • Business Advisor: Brad Swanson

Peace House Studio, a Maine SBDC client since 2019, offers high-quality, American-made clothing for children. They offer a line of kids’ wear that is not only fun and functional but multi-colored and intentionally recyclable as well. When your kids have grown out of their clothes, the company will even buy them back and re-sell them to the next lucky owner. In addition, their Patches Project promotes the brand’s commitment to sustainability by using irregulars, customer returns, and scraps to make new clothing, while also ensuring the quality of their goods.

Kate and Nick Bergmann, the husband and wife team that owns and operates Peace House Studio, worked with recently retired Maine SBDC at CEI Business Advisor Brad Swanson in their planning stage to solidify their business model, build out their studio, and position their product in the market. While working together, they focused on a key aspect of their future success which was to get the pricing right – affordable for the consumer and profitable for the company. Swanson connected the Bergmann’s with Maine MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) to help answer additional manufacturing questions.

After two solid years of preparation and planning, they successfully launched their business and have since developed an eCommerce site.