“…I immigrated to the US when I was 11 yrs old from Hong Kong. So I want to first thank my parents for instilling in me a strong work ethic and teaching me how to overcome adversity. When I told my mom that I’m going to study Merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she thought I was going to sew in a factory for the rest of my life! Mom, sorry I did not become a lawyer or a doctor but I hope you are still proud of me!
To my husband, Dave Palmer, who’s at home with our 4 and 2 year old sons. Thank you for providing the inspiration for me to start my own company and for always believing in me and supporting me. You are a better dad than I am a mom and you’re my teammate for life. You and the boys are the people that I want to make the most proud of me.”
On April 27th, I had the opportunity to speak with Todd Reed at his studio in Boulder. Hear his intimate journey on how he started his company and what Todd’s thoughts are on the future of jewelry retailing.
If you live in Colorado then you’ve probably heard of Abby Sparks. In a sea of your traditional jewelry store fronts, Abby has created a niche in the business by offering highly customizable engagement rings and jewelry. There are no collections or line sheets in her by-appointment-only showroom in the Highlands area of Denver! With Colorado being the second fastest growing state in the U.S and 100,000+ people moving here in the past year, Sparks caters to individuals who wishes to stand above the crowd. Sparks creates handmade and ethically-sourced pieces to suit her clients’ budget and taste, one piece at a time.
Sparks came from the world of finance and consulting and started her unique jewelry business in 2015. This Oklahoma native proves that it takes more than talent and tenure to make it in this industry!
On February 22nd, I had the privilege to speak with Abby during my Meet The Designer event with WJA Colorado. Below are some business advice from Abby for new and emerging designers.
- You won’t know what you’re doing when you first start…but you will figure it out
- You should talk about money
- Take risks and hire people
- Having a team is huge
- Take a business lens
- Find what you are good at and own it
- Research the market
- Get help from people who have done it
- Take advantage of friends and family’s support
- Not everyone is going to be the right fit for your business
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