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From Whitinsville To The White House with Christine Guanipa, Little Man

How do your products get from Whitinsville to the White House? It’s the little things! For Christine Guanipa of Little Man, it’s not about the work, but it’s about the people. Learn how she has built her line of textile handbags and accessories as well as a family business that cares for its community members.

A little about Little Man

Little Man is a simple, functional collection of textile handbags, accessories, and baby goods made for everyday living. Their prints are vintage-inspired, modern driven and created by hand in limited production from their Massachusetts studio.

To learn more about Christine and her company, you can visit or email Christine at

Thoughts from Christine

  • What’s really exciting is when our pieces got picked up and sold at the White House. It’s been awesome.
  • As you start your own business, it’s really your own personal journey. You can take different principles people tell you, but because your business is so personal—it’s very organic and evolves—there are successes and lessons that are really your own.
  • As I’ve told my daughters, appreciate giftings and celebrate giftings you see in other people. Stay in your own lane and don’t compare—it’s not good. Thankfulness…gratitude goes a long way.

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  • “The most important thing that the business has taught me is that it’s not about me, it’s about people. Even as much as I love creating, making the bags, I love curating my bag selection, but I love serving people…it’s about making people happy, even if it’s just a little handbag.”

About the author, Stefa Normantas

Stefa Normantas is the show producer of New England Made Shows, a wholesale giftware and specialty food show. She's also the managing partner of Green Tree Events, an event management company. She lives in Maine with her husband and four teen children.


  1. Miguel on 02/21/2019 at 4:20 PM

    Loved it from beginning to end.

    • Stefa Normantas on 03/01/2019 at 3:39 AM

      Us too! 🙂

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