Sara Hartmann '10SM Turned Her Love of Unusual Objects into an Online Business

July 30, 2015

SOM Alumna Sara Hartmann co-founded Secret Ships, providing socially sustainable finds from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Article first appeared in Spring 2015 SOM Management Magazine

I’ve always known that entrepreneurship would be my path. For years I’d viewed each potential new job through the lens of how it would help prepare me to someday launch my own business. I chose to study in the entrepreneurship program at Simmons because I recognized it as a place where I could acquire the tools to manage my business objectively without losing passion for my vision.

After graduation I worked in other startups, and I spent a year backpacking around the world. With my background in design, I spent much of this time exploring markets and craft workshops collecting beautiful and unusual objects. Secret Ships grew out of the idea to make these finds accessible to shoppers in the US.

In 2013 I co-founded Secret Ships, an online shop specializing in fashion-forward socially sustainable finds from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In two years our business has grown to include a mobile boutique and a brick and mortar pop-up shop.

We’re currently one of Boston’s only mobile retailers¬≠—our Caravan Boutique and can be found in neighborhoods like Allston, Harvard Square, and the South End from May thru October. Our design driven collection of global clothing, accessories, and home textiles can also be found at our new pop-up shop near Davis Square in Somerville. Over the next five years we plan to open a permanent flagship shop in the Boston area.

Read complete article from Spring 2015 Simmons SOM Management Magazine