Back in the Paddywax days, she met another vendor who bought samples from her at the wholesale market. He even came to visit her factory then located in the Old Fourth Ward. At the next market, Hollingsworth was dismayed to learn the vendor had nabbed her designs. She called her parents, who broke with their staunch Midwestern values to give her advice that would in some ways become her mantra, both in business and in life.
“They told me to move on,” Hollingsworth said. “That is hard for people. They don’t want to take criticism if things don’t work and they don’t want to move on.”