My one wish for the brand?.. That its legacy continues to support independent makers from Frome and raises awareness of the shop local movement and supports the local economy.
A lot of people are very surprised I hand make all my jewellery myself, I think they assume I would get it made in a factory like a lot of bigger brands. It would be cheaper for me if I did get it made abroad, but it’s such an integral part of my business I could never do that, and plus it’s the bit I love the most.
When I started I would talk myself out of it, saying things like "you can't do that you don't know enough about it" or "you can't do that you don't have a degree in design/business." But that isn't the case, I have learnt so much from teaching myself. You can learn anything online. So I guess the misconception is that you need to be an expert in everything before you start but you dont, you can learn as you go.
There's solidarity and kinship from the fact we pretty much all share the same values and outlook - give or take to what extremities. We want to do something that makes us thrive and happy, we need a future that will enrich us mentally and emotionally and let's not forget - we want to make money.
Three pieces of advice for newbie businesses?.. Be a sponge, absorb everything. Keep it simple and not over-complicate things. The day you plant a seed is not the day it grows. Love this quote.