We had the good fortune of connecting with Kerrin Pogozelski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kerrin, do you have a budget? how do you think about personal finances?
The matter of money significantly affects my growth and decisions when it comes to business. When I went full time as an owner what that meant to me was that my business was now responsible for not only paying for itself, but also paying me. As a mom, I have a lot of responsibility in keeping the wheels turning, but also being a role model for following your dreams. Our kids are always watching. So the rule of thumb for me is to have fun, but also be accountable for your future. BuxieJo has never had debt, we’ve also mindfully kept overhead at a minimum. I don’t have a brick and mortar because it allows me to invest in materials and marketing differently. By being able to maintain quality over quantity, being available to travel to special events where I can be closer to new admirers, and one thing that I took for granted until 2020, being able to PIVOT quickly!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I didn’t set out to be an artist or have a leather-working business; I wanted to make myself a bag. What I found was that selecting different materials, making patterns to create something from nothing, and finding people who loved my work, was actually my true north, my passion, and quickly became my happy place. Finding the perfect leather, or hide and then letting it speak for itself is what I feel is the most gratifying part of my creative process. Seeing a brand mark or scar as a highlight in a bag, or clutch gives each creation individual distinction and rustic charm. Leatherwork has been the most purposeful vehicle to bringing my creative voice to reality. It fills me with pride and integrity to see a piece finished. I work with a plan, but also an open vision. My patterns have changed based on the natural lines of the individual hides to bring out as much natural beauty as possible. The repetitive nature of leatherwork allows my imagination to run wild and include happy accidents and creative surprises in my pieces. Some of our most recent challenges for 2020 would definitely be how unpredictable the year has been. In March we watched as a whole year of planning dissolved before our eyes, and with each event cancel, we had to maintain faith that somehow everything would work out. Remaining positive and keeping my enthusiasm towards my work hasn’t always been easy, however I know its one of the things that sets me apart. My voice will always be used for hope and love when communicating with my audience, because I feel it’s important to have those emotions connected with my work. After all is said and done, and I add another year of owning, operating and being the face of my brand, my advice to anyone looking for insight on business is to stay true to the deepest part of your personal ethos. To grow as much as you can afford. To quiet the noise and move slowly if that’s all you can do. To remember that every connection you make has value. To surround yourself with genuine people and ask for help. Remember that everyone you meet knows something you don’t. Have confidence in what you’re doing now, but know that you’re getting better at it everyday. PRICE YOURSELF ACURATLY. Under-cutting the competition only hurts the industry, and it’s not sustainable. Best luck to everyone reading this! My hope for all of us is for more success than we could’ve imagined!
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?
Most fun weekend in Denver! -Larimer Square and Rino arts district -Eat at Denver Biscuit Co -Drink a beer at Station 28 -Drive up to Summit and paddle lake Dillon -When it opens Meow Wolf!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Part of the thing that makes BuxieJo so special is that the inspiration comes from everyday life. Everything from friends, to other business owners making strides inspires me. Fashion from large design to interior design. People standing up for being voices of love and kindness. People telling their stories, and leaving their hearts open. I guess bravery in all forms inspires me.