We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Nusser and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamie, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
I want to be a global brand. I am hoping to expand into multiple offices + have would love to launch a line of furniture, fabrics, + curated goods. I want a roster of happy clients, to be financially stable in the company, + creatively stimulated.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have always wanted my name on the door ever since I can remember. After trying my hand at working for other firms I quickly realized I had bigger ideas that I wanted to put into practice. Most importantly, I really love the client relationships I have formed + I find those bonds to be stronger when you directly communicate with each person that hires your company. It’s such a rewarding experience. I think taking risks is a huge thing that sets me apart. I am currently working on a project that is requiring a lot of risk taking. It is uncomfortable at times, but it is pushing me out of the box creatively to try new things, use new textures, colors, + spatial planning. I am loving the new landscape + opportunities it is opening up for me + I think my work gets better because of those challenges. It honestly takes a lot of courage to have your own business. A lot of companies don’t make it past the first year, but I think combining perseverance + confidence really pushes you through that phase. I spent the first few months wondering when + if I would get my next client while desperately networking + getting my name out there. There were moments I questioned the decision to start J Designs, as I think everyone does who start a business from scratch, but the people who make it are the ones who push through that questioning. I think the success of my brand is dependent on staying true to who I am + what I believe regardless of how the trends change.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well where we would stay has to be the first thing on the agenda because I am a designer so environment is everything when you get back after a long day of exploring. My favorite boutique hotel in Denver is the Born Hotel, so I think I would say to start there! Wellness is a big part of my daily routine so I would take them for a morning run through Cheeseman Park + City Park, + end the day off with a yoga class at The River Yoga. I love to go to shops in Cherry Creek to look for the latest in fashion, home goods + of course grab lunch. I would say we would go to La Merise for a good french meal or the Corner Beet just open a second location there + they have great sandwiches + Juice. If it was my adventurous friends, we would go backcountry skiing on Berthoud pass, stop for breakfast sandwiches at Two Brothers in Idaho Springs, grab coffee on the way up at the Plume Coffee Bar, + grab drinks on the way down at Bread Bar. For dinner in Denver, I have too many I love, so I will just list off a couple: Tavernetta, Potager, Root Down, Wolfs Taylor + Atelier by Radex. And naturally, I love grabbing a night cap at any of my favorite bars: Room for Milly, Lady Jane, The Cruise Room, or Mockery Brewery for something more relaxed. As for the weekend plans as a whole, I think the various neighborhoods have a ton to offer, whether it’s Wash Park or the Highlands there is so much to explore – you can go to a red rocks show, walk Larimer Square, see the Botanical Gardens, or browse some wall murals in RiNo. Don’t forget to check out my favorite shops along the way: Miller Lane Mercantile, Meek Vintage, Paige Boutique, + A Line Boutique.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh great question. I have to many to count, To start, my high school counselor told me to take a drafting course which really launched me in this direction. Then I worked for a small residential Architecture firm in high school + I was so inspired by him + his practice that was quite literally the reason I even went to college, I was the first in my family to go, so navigating on how to actually get to school by myself is a whole other story. I have honestly never looked back since that moment. A big inspiration for me to starting my design studio was my best friend Maggie + her father Chris who once told me that if I don’t try then I will be forever wondering the what if, + to me that was no way to live life. So I took the risk, tried + never stop. The last person that I could not do what I love to do would be my partner John, he has always been my number one fan + believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself. Another thing that is worth noting is a book I am loving right now. It’s called Let My People Go Surfing by Yvonn Chouinard. It’s inspirational, emotional, + also focuses on sustainability which is one of the key pillars of J Designs. Seeing someone else grow a business while staying true to their values has been hugely helpful in respects to my commitment to my goals + aspirations. I know that my dreams are possible because I have now learned from someone who has done it.
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