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The Sash Company Blog

Where we share all things sash & stole!

The Sash Company Blog

Where we share all things sash & stole!

Photo Credit: NC Watermelon Queen


The coronavirus pandemic has brought most events around the world to a halt and pageants are no exception. Many have already been postponed or canceled, while others have made the decision to go virtual. Essentially every system is under a time crunch to crown a winner and get them ready for the next level. This obviously isn’t ideal but is necessary during these uncertain times. After all, who knows if the world will be ready to have a theater open to full capacity anytime soon?

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.

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: