Issue 013 - Knot N Distress

Shop: Knot N Distress
Owner: Miranda Monrian Facebook: Knot N Distress VIP Website: knotndistress.com Instagram: @knotndistress
“Our inspiration is EVERYTHING! We are sugar, spice and everything nice!” -Miranda Monrian, Owner
Located in Richmond, Virginia, Knot n’ Distress is an all-inclusive brand. They offer distressed denim, flannels, tee shirts, and topknots for customers of all ages including children, big kids, and adults. Every item has custom distress- ing options that can be added and there is also a handful of completely custom items available. If you have an idea in your head, shop owner Miranda will bring it to life! Her inspiration is EVERYTHING. She says, here at Knot n’ Distress “we are sugar, spice, and everything nice!”
If you’re looking for a shop that offers something for the whole family – kids of all ages all the way to adults – then Knot n’ Distress is the shop for you. Not only do they have weekly themed drops, but they also offer custom, ready-to-ship sales and most recently boutique items. The shop’s style is more on the edgy side, offering items that contrast the typical small-shop ruffles and light colors. However, there’s always a fancy, girly touch with rhinestones, sparkles, tule, and more!
Knot n’ Distress came into reality after Miranda’s third child was born. She has always had a creative mind and enjoyed fashion. As a licensed and trained makeup artist, she has been a part of the beauty space and fashion industry for years. Miranda found herself styling her sons with store-bought clothing in a more edgy and unique way to really make the readily available fashions more personal for their taste and style. It wasn’t until her daughter was born in 2019 that she realized how much better the girls have it than boys regarding fashionable options in both the small shop world and in big box
stores. Miranda wanted to create a shop that caters to all the kids in a single
family for an affordable price. She has made it a requirement that her prices stay reasonable to the point that she will not offer items, styles, or pieces that can’t be kept in her price range. She
has found ways to keep the prices low and the quality high, so parents with multiple children can shop for the whole family all in one place!
Miranda said when she was first introduced to the small shop world, denim, in particular, she saw a customer say in a forum that she could purchase a pair of jeans for one child but had to hold off on the others due to
finances. The goal in opening Knot n’ Distress was to keep costs low through upcycling and sourcing vintage items so that cute clothes can be purchased for the entire family in a single transaction without breaking the bank. The second goal was to ensure availability for bigger kids because Miranda noticed they tend to get left
out in the small shop world with most shops only carrying through size 5T or 6/7.
The inspiration for Miranda’s shop name came a play on words. She said, “I knew I wanted to make topknots and distressed denim. To be in DISTRESS means to have extreme anxiety, sorrow or pain.” She said that she does not invite distress into her shop. So not only does the shop name depict the atmosphere in which she runs her shop, but it also functions as a description of the items she offers. Knot n’ Distress is a completely judgment-free, all-inclusive space that aims to help moms obtain affordable handmade clothing.

1. Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer? A Hunter. I go after what I want and I won’t stop until I get it.
2. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? The most vibrant shade of green because I am earthy and grounded In a very extra kind of way.
3. We finish the interview and you step outside the office and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do? Call my husband and tell him to start packing our belongings because we’re going on an extended vacation.
4.What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? Everything. My future, my past, my successes and my failures and how I can better myself.
5. What’s your favorite ’90s jam? Wannabe- Spice Girls
6. If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? A sloth. They’re so cute and cuddly. Plus I am Always In A hurry. It would be nice to slow down for once.
7. What was the last gift you gave someone? I bought each of my reps coffee for all of the effort they put in.
8. What were you like in high school? I got along with everyone! I was the cheerleading Captain for a large portion of my journey. I got good grades, had friends and loved everything about school!
9. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it? The Masked dancer. I LOVE that show!
10. Any advice for your previous boss? Listen to your employees, because their ideas are valuable too.
11. Tell me something about your last job, other than money, that would have inspired you to keep working there.
I have not worked under anybody else for over a decade. Nothing could keep me in corporate retail. I like being my own boss.
12. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? My son cut his own hair In The middle of his zoom meeting with his class. That was interesting.
13. What is your dream job? Being a celebrity makeup artist
14. What inspires you? My children. They push me to keep achieving my own dreams, because modeled behavior will encourage them to reach higher for theirs.
15. What’s your food/drink/both guilty pleasure. I love Mexican food. It’s my go- to! Tacos in every shape and form is my weakness. I also can’t leave the house without stopping for coffee.
16. What are you known for? Listening to other people and working as a team player.
17. What do you work toward in your free time? Self development
18. What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn without asking this question? I love tattoos! I have 15 all of which can be covered by clothing.
19. How would you rate your memory? 0/10 my memory is non-existent
21. What pizza topping best represents you? As many veggies piled on top as possible!
22. Describe the color teal to somebody who is blind. It’s the most special shade of blue. You feel the ocean breeze when you look at it. It’s the most glamorous shade of blue that can be worn by anyone. Teal is a state of mind and full of personality.
23. If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why? Idaho. I am not the biggest fan of potatoes anyway.
24. What tv show have you NOT watched that people give you hard time about and why have you not seen it? Grey’s Anatomy. It’s a show I know I would love because I enjoy medical shows. But I’m too far gone at this point.
25. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
He just left a margarita date with me at the Mexican restaurant and wanted to let you know you should check out Knot n’ Distress for all of your denim needs!

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