Happy Monday Loves!
For this MOTIVATIONAL Monday’s post, I wanted to share with you a recent Q & A session I had with a few fellow Girlbosses who have turned their dreams and made them a reality. If that isn’t truly motivational and empowering what is, am I right?? For this Monday I’ll post my Q&A sessions in two parts. Throughout the day, so continue reading and become empowered and inspired along the way! My Q&A sessions will capture their love and passion for Fashion and designing as well as how their businesses came about.
And for the other two designers I will feature them on my FASHION Friday’s Post!! STAY TUNED!!
Recently, while looking through Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook during my daily fashion patrol for: latest trends, style, etc… I stumbled upon this unique jewelry designer Christine K. And I wanted to learn more about her jewelry line. I contacted her PR company in hopes to work and collaborate with her brand. I instantly became enamored by the look of her jewelry. I mean what woman doesn’t love chic, sophisticated and unique jewels with Diamonds accents, I LOVE and DIE! So beautiful!! Once I got in contact with Christine K’s PR team I was able to do a little Q &A session with the designer. It gave me a chance to get to know her better, see how she got her start in design and how she started her business. Continue reading and learn about her, the jewelry and so much more.
Q. What is your name?
A. Christine K, I’m Korean living in Los Angeles, California.
Q. Give us a little background of yourself, how did you get started in jewelry design?
A. I started designing after college. I went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles and worked in the fashion industry for about four years. Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be in the Fashion industry. I couldn’t think of anything else [I’d rather go] besides fashion. But later on I discovered I wanted to design fine jewelry, so I enrolled to learn about pearls and diamonds at the Gemological Institute of America.
Q. What lead you into the direction of designing Jewelry?
A. I started working as an assistant buyer and intern, but later on I started designing clothing. They actually sold well and I kept designing. Also, my love of fashion pushed me into this direction. I’m of lover of all things pretty; I bet every girl likes pretty things, like I do. But I wanted to create something on my own.
Q. Where does your inspiration come from when designing your pieces?
A. My inspiration comes from luxury and simplicity, the modern yet contemporary, the feminine and somewhat minimalist. I like simultaneously modern and simple styles with a feminine side.
Q. What is your process when you design your piece? What are things you incorporate or don’t?
A. I think the design and color first, then I buy gems, pearls and diamonds from international jewelry shows or local jewelry markets. I match gems, double-check the shades of gold matches with center stones, and I always think of a theme last. My last theme was rose gold, two-color diamonds and black diamonds.
Q. What are some new designs you’re working on? What do you envision for the future?
A. I’m currently working on colored stones. I’m working on cocktail colored stone rings and engagement rings. I love pastel colored stones light pink morganite and smokey pink tourmaline. They’re tones are very beautiful and I fall in love with them at first sight. As of right now. I’ve done both diamond and pearl lines. for Christine K jewelry. You can view the collections at: http: www.ohmychristine.com.
Q. What were your first design pieces that you created? And how has your brand evolved over the years?
A. This is my first design brand. I love black diamonds and feminine style, so I combined them as one style. The piece makes your hand look appear like is tied with a ribbon. It’s very feminine and the black diamonds catches light well. It’s been only eight months since I opened my online store. Most people like it but fine jewelry is not something everyone can own. Also it needs extra care, so customers need to practice good care techniques. I think Christine K jewelry is slowly evolving and I hope many people will notice it and appreciate my brand.
Q. How did you go about creating your business plan and what was your starting investment?
A. First, I came up with an idea. I started calculating costs for my new brand, then I wrote down every possible expense I came up with. When I added everything up like: supplies, website fees, marketing, etc.. the total funds required I came up with at the very minimum was $10,000. I invested more as the company grew, but my starting investment was $10,000.
Q. What’s a typical day in your life at your office?
A. On a typical work day, I’ll wake up around 7 am, take my dog for a walk and make some coffee before jumping into the shower. First thing in the morning I check my orders. Sometimes, I have lunch meetings with my jeweler or supplier. Sometimes, I have photoshoots scheduled for products or models. If i’m not too busy, I sit at the office and come up with marketing ideas; I manage my instagram, Pinterest and tumblr. Some days I go to local jewelry markets to buy gems and pearls for future designs. L.A. is a great city if you enjoy restaurants and there are so many hiking trails and beaches you can go to. During the weekend I enjoy California wheaten by going to the beaches and shopping around Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica and Malibu.
A complete girls dream to grow there own business going off of their love and passion for fashion… Dreams really do come true.
Continue to work hard and dream big loves. Anything is possible as you can see from Christine. She took her dreams and love for Fashion and made it a reality and created her own business. True inspiration at it’s finest. I enjoyed my Q & A session with her and she is a truly an empowering and remarkable woman. Not to mention how her hard work and dedication to her craft is truly inspiring.
Whatever your dreams are and whatever you want to do in life, just remember anything is possible, with hard work, dedication and determination. I hope this inspires you all to go out there and be the Girlboss you always wanted to be. Live the life you want for yourself. Live for a purpose and live your best life possible.
Thank you Christine K. for partnering and collaborating with me on this post. All thoughts are my own outside of the Q&A answers.
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As always much love, happiness and blessings to you all!
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