上个月我很高兴和珠宝设计师坐在一起。Kendra Scott在她位于纽约900号的芝加哥新店外面。密歇根。我对肯德拉的华丽作品熟悉了一段时间,and loved hearing the stories behind them as well as learning more bepaly手机网站about her journey as an entrepreneur along with her endless philanthropic efforts.

How did you get started in the jewelry industry??

我的第一个生意是一家帽子公司我有一家帽子店,实际上,我为商店、朋友和家人制作了珠宝。人们开始对珠宝产生吸引力。另一方面,I always had trouble finding the jewelry I wanted.  I wanted affordable pieces with semiprecious stones.  I started to realize that if I could create a way to give women custom,美丽的,手工制作的珠宝,可以在市场上买到,这将是一个空白的地方。所以在2002年,我开始这样做,并且Kendra Scottwas born.

What was the first piece of jewelry you designed??

It was always colored stones.  My first collection was very turquoise heavy,with a lot of blues,but it was always bepaly手机网站about mixing stones and colors together.  The iconic piece came once I had enough production to start cutting my own stones and stone shapes and that is our丹妮尔耳环那个gorgeous slabthat you see on the red carpet and on celebrities.  That's our crown jewel,我们的身份,标志性的作品。现在每一块石头都是手工雕琢和切割的。我们总是在尝试做一些新鲜和独特的事,当谈到半宝石,并以新的和不同的方式解释它们。

What is your design process like??

好,我一直在设计。下一个系列的设计总是一年后的事。我对每件事都充满了灵感!bepaly手机网站Our summer collection is inspired by a trip I took to the French Riviera and vintage Cote d'azur with multi chains,蓝色的水域,和壳牌公司。我们从彩色托盘的角度来分析行业趋势,and we bring our design team in to all collaborate together.  It's a long process from deciding the shapes and making all the wax molds in house in Austin,Texas.  We hand carve the stone shapes out of wax and send them off to be faceted.  I get so excited when the collection finally launches because it's been a year of work leading up to it.

What's on trend for jewelry at the moment??

Layering and statement.  We think you can layersmall delicate piecesto be a statement.  Or,安ear climber,or astatement earring.  You could also have a"hand party"用一个bunch of different bracelets.  It's not as much just one piece anymore,as it is combining pieces.

Is there one woman you're dying to see a Kendra Scott piece on??

我们有很多了不起的名人戴着我们的珠宝!当我看到有人戴着我们的珠宝时,我很兴奋,更别提名人了。我爱杰西卡•阿尔巴。我认为她是一个强大的女人,and she's a mom,她买了我们的珠宝,戴上它是因为她喜欢。所以我经常觉得我崇拜的女人已经穿上了Kendra Scott。太神奇了!!

How do you find a balance between running a company and spending time with your family??

I think if any woman tells you she has it figured out she's lying,because every single day it's a balance.  I think you just saw me walk in here with my youngest son.  Every day you just try to do the best you can.  We make it work,and surround ourselves with great people that know family comes first,他们的家人是第一位的。We really believe that in our company.  You can have a wonderful high powered career and be present for your family.我的团队知道,当我去接孩子吃饭的时候,他们不应该打扰我,除非有什么东西烧坏了。我不让任何东西妨碍我和孩子们度过宝贵的夜晚,but it takes discipline.  When you start to enforce boundaries like that a funny thing happens and people only respect you more.

How nice that you've set that up not only for your family but your employees.

Yes,our corporate headquarters has a wellness room for moms that are pumping,with pictures of all the babies on the wall and cashmere blankets.  We want to have that.  We have a new room where we'll have an xbox and a computer at a study desk for older kids who want to come after school and do their homework.  We want the parents at Kendra Scott to know that we support their families,and regardless of what stage your family is in.  As a mom of teenagers and now a toddler I can really relate to that.

Hopefully your workplace environment only continues to spark that trend in other offices.

I hope that our company is an example to other business owners and entrepreneurs that one you can have a company that is very fiscally and financially responsible that also puts families first and treats employees well,第二,你可以回馈你的社区。仅今年,我们就从Kendra Gives Back,and over 50,000 pieces of jewelry to different causes nationwide.

关于您通过这项业务所做的慈善工作,您还能告诉我们什么bepaly手机网站??

In our 38 stores we do肯德拉归还事件,and anyone can call us whether you're a big charity or just have a friend in need and we'll give 20% back to the cause from the evening's party.  Then if you have a non-profit that needs something for a silent auction or raffle item give your local store a call and we'll never say no.  We always have something we can give.  I've done this since I started the business in my spare bepaly备用网址bedroom.  I could always make an extra pair of earrings or an extra necklace.  So we've kept that going for the past 13 years and we're not going to stop anytime soon.加入社区并提供帮助是令人兴奋的。很多企业只有一两个慈善中心,太棒了,but we really want to get into the communities and be a sense of support,在当地工作。我在基诺沙的一个小社区长大,在威斯康星州,我认识到你总是帮助邻居。我就是这样长大的。

Being from  the Midwest,你在芝加哥有什么事要做吗??

这是我在整个美国最喜欢的城市!我要呆上一个周末,我们要带孩子去儿童博物馆,如果一年中的这个时候还继续的话,我们要乘坐旋转木马。我们喜欢海军码头的船只,and going to Millennium Park.  The food is amazing!我确实住在南方,在德克萨斯州,人们非常友好,and I find it's the exact same here.  When I interview people from the Midwest I instantly know.  Our team here in this store is made up of the most loving and caring people.

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