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The Sash Company Blog

Where we share all things sash & stole!

Hello, my name is Rosslyn Pacheco and I am the author of The Sash Company blog.

I enjoy the outdoors. From the beach to the mountains - being close to nature fuels my soul. I have found writing about people, experiences, and things capture my creative side. In the 7th and 8th Grade, I was offered the position of Editor and Chief of my own column. My column was named “Dear Roz” where students in Intermediate and High School would ask me questions about school and teenage life.

Writing has lead me into radio hosting for LA Talk Radio and GCN Network. I thoroughly enjoy meeting and learning about people which has inspired me into my role as a Marketing Director here at The Sash Company.

The Sash Company is the premiere company making sashes for prestigious pageants like Miss America and more. We are also the “go to” for graduation stoles with over 36 Greek licensed fraternities and sororities AND counting. I'm proud to be your author for all things sash and stole!

Graduation season is around the corner and there is no time like the present. I have seen many graduates procrastinate when it comes to preparing for GRAD DAY.

Graduation stoles have remained the tradition for many schools and college graduates. Even Fraternities and Sororities have made it a tradition to customize matching graduation stoles and sashes for their group. Here are 3 fun ways to customize your graduation stole:

According to Pageant Planet, Sashes by The Sash Company have been rated the Best Pageant Products of 2019.

We are so honored to be recognized with this great achievement. The Sash Company started on Angelique Barnum’s (CEO) kitchen table in 2002 making her very first graduation stole for her husband Robert Barnum. She discovered a niche market that eventually became the production of – All things Sash and Stole. Almost two years later, with a logo, website in place, and orders coming in, a production company from Los Angeles requests a sash sample. Which to Angelique’s surprise later found out it was for the Miss America Pageant.

Hello 2020. New year. New goals.

So, what’s NEW for The Sash Company in 2020?!!



Recognition is something all individuals feel we need more of. Feeling seen makes an employee feel appreciated. And you know what they say - A person who feels appreciated will do MORE of what is expected than a person who does not feel appreciated. This is because being recognized is in alignment with feeling appreciated.

Recognition drives productivity. Remember back in grade school? Teachers often rewarded students with a gold star for good behavior and good work. The gold star was something to strive for. It pushed students to work hard just to receive those sparkly, shining stickers. I know I did. Now, as adults... Are we really any different? The answer is NO. Employees want to be recognized for their contributions. They want their work to have purpose. And when recognition is not given, it’s like ignoring their presence.

I am so thrilled to finally announce the expansion of The Sash Company. Growth can be scary but necessary when thinking of the longevity of the company. For the CEO of The Sash Company, Angelique Barnum - this has been an anticipated dream that has now come into fruition. What was once 1,776 square footage of space is now double that. Imagine the possibilities and potential for growth here at the office. So many BIG things coming. Don’t worry, we promise to let you in on it very soon.

To think it all began on Angelique’s kitchen table with her family. Angelique is constantly asked.. what inspired her. She explains, it all started with her husband, Robert Barnum. He and his colleagues didn’t have a graduation stole ready for graduation. Because of her sewing background, she decided to take on the task of sewing graduation stoles for Robert and his friends.

Ahhh… The family reunion. You either love it or you absolutely dread it.

Planning and attending family reunions is such a great tradition to keep alive. And it’s one of those things you don’t always appreciate until:

Meet Dominique Wilkins. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Coppin State University, Summer 2019.

Like many students who attend college, she had her moments where she wanted to give in. The late nightslong hours, endless studying for results that didn’t seem to pay off. Through the support from her family, friends and faith she was able to stay focused on her academics. Her career choice falls hand in hand with her passion as she truly enjoys caring for others. Since childhood, she was constantly exposed to the healthcare field in great ways. Dominique’s parents both worked in the VA Hospital so it was inevitable that she would graduate with a degree in healthcare. Soon, more of the family lineage will follow suit as her niece stated that she would also like to become a nurse like her Aunty Dominique. This shows the great influence one can have on the next generation coming up.

Meet our dear friend, Adam Lee Davis. He must be our #1 FAN

It all started in 2006, while Adam was watching the Miss America pageant on CMTV, he saw a hanger labeled “The Sash Company." He then became curious about our company and after one custom sash order, he became a returning customer. Like many of our customers, Adam was impressed with the quality of our custom sashes and impeccable customer service.

Susan Fochs, Miss America – Miss South Central has been involved in the Miss America organization for about 8 years.

What many people don’t know about the Miss America organization and some of the most prestigious pageants are the scholarships that can be attained. Just like Susan, being a part of the Miss America organization was the pursuit for a college scholarship, that became a pathway to walking in her purpose of helping active duty service members and veterans.

Custom Graduation Stoles vs Stock Stoles?

The question most graduates run into – Do I order a custom graduation stole or do I stick with the stole in my graduation bundle?

Graduation day can be pretty overwhelming.

What if I’m late?


Christy Lopez, Miss Earth’s – Elite Miss Southwest came by the office to pick up her Sash. She was a breath of fresh air. We were so overwhelmed by her kindness and down to earth personality. Other than wearing her Sash around, Christy wears many hats. She is an event director, producer, on camera host, model, actress, philanthropist, just to name a few.

When the Embassy calls your office to place an order for a sash, it is a true honor. The United States Ambassador, Ambassador Jawad, requested his assistant procure a sash for a high formal event, the Annual Red Cross Ball. It is a night when Crown Nobles and Country Dignitaries come together for a common cause.

The call from the Embassy came after his office had researched sash companies across the globe. There were strict requirements and protocol that needed to be followed in the making of this timeless piece.

Mayor of Pomona, California, Elliot Rothman dons his Mayor’s sash, complete with the city logo, at the nation’s largest fair – the Los Angeles County Fair, hosted in his hometown.

At the annual mayoral shin dig, Rothman was certain his sash would be a hit and sure enough, the other mayors wanted one too!

Your friend says, “Let’s take a selfie.” You’re smirking inside because you wonder if you really had a choice to begin with.

The word “Selfie” is used to describe a self portrait taken of yourself with your smartphone. If you think selfies are just for teenagers or young adults – boy, you are wrong.

We were so thrilled that Miss America’s - Miss Sierra Nevada, Shalei Heflin came by for a visit. She came in to get her Sash cleaned and tour the office for a bit.

During her wait, we truly got to know the amazing woman behind the Sash. Shalei’s platform with Miss America is Strength in Separation: Furthering relationships between incarcerated parents and their children. This platform has been so near to her heart because of her own personal journey with her parent’s incarceration.

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