I love Kendra Scott, but I’ll be honest, I hadn’t truly heard of her until a little over a year and a half ago when I was trying to figure out what to gift my bridesmaids and my Matron of Honor asked if I was getting them some Kendra Scott jewelry? I was a little behind the times back then… 😉
Now a year and a half later, I’m pretty in love with Kendra Scott jewelry. Every single piece is gorgeous! There’s definitely a reason her jewelry has become so popular… It’s high quality and super chic! You can dress it up or wear it while dressed down and let the jewelry be the focus, because it’s seriously that stunning. Everytime I wear my Tiger’s Eye Skylar Earrings I get a compliment on them, EVERY. TIME. It never fails.
I love her jewelry but I also love that Kendra Scott got its start here in Austin, Texas!! Learning about her company and seeing the success that she has experienced with her jewelry left me really curious about the startup and the ins and outs of a business! I decided to interview Kendra and thankfully, even being the busy business and family woman she is, she still made time! So a huge thank you to Kendra!
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Take a look at Kendra’s start and her advice for us entrepreneurs!
The Brilliant Balance (TBB): What inspired you to start Kendra Scott?
KendraScott: From the moment I could stand in my mother’s high-heeled shoes, I have been in love with fashion. I realized early on that my greatest dream was to tackle the world of fashion and start a business on my own. My passion for jewelry design became an outlet to turn that dream into a reality.
TBB: So you had an idea, how did you turn your business into a reality?
KendraScott: I launched my first jewelry collection in 2002 as a new mom, and with just $500. I saw a white space in the jewelry industry for beautiful, handcrafted jewelry at an attainable price point, something I myself had been looking for. And that’s when the idea of Kendra Scott Design was born! I designed all my jewelry from the spare bedroom of my home in Austin, Texas, walking door to door to boutiques armed with a tea box full of my pieces in hand. I sold out the first day. That’s when I knew I was on to something. Today, I have watched my dream grow into a national, multi-million dollar fashion-lifestyle brand. We continue to design and operate out of Austin, TX with a focus on Family, Fashion & Philanthropy.
TBB: What has encouraged you to keep building your business and your brand even when things were tough?
KendraScott: I am so passionate about what I do, and I feel unbelievably blessed to get to do what I do every day. I truly jump out of bed every morning and just can’t wait to get to work. I have an incredibly supportive family as well. My husband, children, mother, father, and friends are there to keep me motivated in the days when things are a little bit harder. They’re my cheerleaders, and I am beyond blessed to have them in my life.
TBB: What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs and designers looking to make their break in the business world?
KendraScott: To all girls who dream of breaking into the fashion industry (or any industry), I was once in your shoes! I have two simple, yet incredibly important tokens of advice to help any budding designer. Number one: Be yourself. The key to being a designer is taking those qualities that are uniquely you, and translating them into something beautiful that reflects those strengths. Number two: Once you figure out your direction, never take no for an answer! In my early days as a designer, I learned to remove the word “no” from my vocabulary. Once you adopt this attitude, you will soar! A positive outlook can take you places that you never even dreamed of reaching!
Such great advice!! My favorite and one that I have truly been working on is adopting a positive outlook! Hope Kendra’s advice helps you in whatever dreams you are pursuing!
What advice from Kendra spoke to you the most?