When we first met Sean Lowe during Season 8 of The Bachelorette, he was a single guy who, according to his bio, was an insurance salesman. Cut to seven months later and Sean — who went on to star in the upcoming season of The Bachelor — is not only reportedly engaged, he also has a brand-new career!
But while we can’t go into too much detail about the new lady in Sean’s life just yet, we can fill you in on his cool new job as a partner of Factory Girl, a custom furniture and accessories company based in Forney, Texas. Speaking exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment, co-founder Jessie Silver filled us in on what the company is all about…and what its like to work alongside the most eligible man in America!
Wetpaint Entertainment: How did Factory Girl come about?
Jessie: Well, my brother Clay met Sean six or seven years ago through mutual friends. They became best friends right off the bat. And I met Sean through my brother.
The concept for Factory Girl was something my brother and I had been working on for a while, but it all came together just last summer. We knew we wanted to stay close to Forney, which is 20 miles east of Dallas. We had grown up there and wanted to do something locally within the community.
The business sells both custom furniture and accessories, like handbags. It’s an unusual combination…
Right, initially it was just supposed to be purses, but one day my brother put a piece of furniture he had custom painted out in the store and we had a ton of people who inquired about buying it. The idea just sprung from there. It is an unusual combination, but we’ve found it works really well.
When did Sean join in?
Sean came into the picture a year ago. We wanted to take on a partner and we thought, who better than Sean? He’s loyal, positive and trustworthy — plus he’s already a great family friend. So we brought him on. Now, we each have a third share stake.
How are the duties shared among the three of you?
Sean is the president. He’s the brains of the operation. He handles the accounting and marketing and he’s the face of the company. My brother and I are the creatives – he does all the furniture and I handle the purses, picking different lines from the vendors and all that. Right now, I’m also working on a new line we’re launching in 2013.
Aside from the store, you’re selling merchandise online as well, right?
Yep, we started selling online about two or three months ago and it’s been going really well.
If they’re local, what are the chances someone will run into Sean if they visit the store?
Ha ha! Pretty good. He’s here regularly unless he’s traveling. At least four days a week.
Have you had a ton of female gawkers come by since he returned home from filming last month?
Oh, he was catching plenty of women’s’ eyes before this whole thing even started! But, yes, now we have a lot who come in just to whisper, take a picture and go. It’s hilarious.
Last question: Assuming Sean’s engaged, could he potentially do his job if it meant relocating to another city? Or would she have to move here?
It’s tough to say, but as a company we’re still pretty new. He needs to be here with us, in my opinion. But we’ll see how everything plays out.