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Smart Ideas 09/04

Asian-inspired children's clothing, fine art marketing materials and more

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What: A designer of Asian-inspired children's clothing

Who: Leslie Karen Potter and Lynn Potter Wells of Meili & Me

Where: Longview, Texas

When: Started in March 2003

When Leslie Karen Potter adopted her daughter from China in 2000, she fell in love not only with her new little one, but also with the Chinese culture. She wanted her daughter, Meili, now 4 years old, to grow up knowing about and being proud of her cultural heritage. So Potter, 49, decided to combine her passion for Chinese-inspired clothing with her background as a professional shopper and stylist to create a line of clothes for her daughter and other children, too.

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