A fellow St. Louisan, Brandy, shared the background on her natural hair journey as well as her jewelry company.
My natural hair journey…
I started getting curious about natural hair a few years ago. My dermatologist told me to STOP getting relaxers as a remedy for some hair/scalp ailments I had going on. At first I thought he was nuts because I was used to getting my hair whipped and he was not about to stop my flow! But then I really started to think about what he said and it all sunk in. My last relaxer was May 2010. I big chopped Nov 2010. It was hard for me at first because it was such a different way to look at myself. However, once I truly looked at myself & started to learn my hair, I began to embrace it and its been a wonderful experience!
Background behind LoveMade…
I am an accessory fiend and have been for as long as I can remember. Early on, as a teenager, I became aware that wearing the right accessories can totally turn up the volume on your outfit. I’ve always been really into decorating and do it yourself home projects. However, in St. Louis, there doesn’t seem to have a heavy market for interior design careers, so I opted to keep my day job as an IT Analyst. After a few twists & turns in my career, it caused me to really do some soul searching and decide to pursue my passions.
For me, jewelry making made perfect sense. It’s the opportunity to release my creative do it yourself spirit & bridge it with my love for accessories. I love interacting with people; selling jewelry provides me that outlet. Making jewelry brings me great joy. My heart flutters when I hear from a customer who has received their Lovemade Treasures and they love it. Many of our pieces are made by me, but my husband pitches in a hand sometimes However, we do carry ready made pieces that we feel compliment our catalog and the interests of our customers.
What does the future have in store for Lovemade?
Well, the sky is the limit! Who knows where this life will take us? We’ll always carry a diverse assortment of accessories. At the same time, you can definitely count on new and improved skillsets. I really admire jewelry as an art form, so my focus right now is technique.