We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Price and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimberly, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I never came to a point where I asked myself if I should stop; I don’t think I could stop. Instead, I always asked myself what should I change. When ever my sales were slowing down I would look at the competition and ask myself what are they doing better? Through all these years I had learned how to keep going by evolving, and taught myself not give up.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I create my pieces using resin to secure stones onto brass for a minimalistic look. I started out manipulating my own jewelry and then started venturing making pieces from scratch. When I decided to make it a business my friends and family were my only customers, it took years building up my customer base through social media and in person markets. I struggled greatly with the marketing part of the business. Turning my hobby into a business made me realize that marketing is a deep thought process for small brands. I think most small brands recognize that their customers love to support them and what they do. I had to believe that people wanted to support me and with that I had to rebrand. I started out with KPmade Jewelry, KP for my initials. Unfortunately I didn’t feel any attachment to the brand name so I brainstormed for about a month and found a name that linked me to my heritage and made me realize my legacy is my jewelry. Lady Jaguar is derived from the names of the most powerful rulers of the Maya Empire, Shield Jaguar and Lady Xoc.
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?
I always take people to Red Rocks, it’s amazing that this place exists only 20mins away from Denver. To eat, Mercedes Mexican Restaurant, best green chili in the state. Definitely take them to a show at the Bluebird, The Mission or Larimer Lounge.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Mutiny Market, an outdoor market that sets up at Mutiny Information Cafe. The owner Jim supports vendors setting up and Julie Bootknife organizes the whole thing. I learned so much from this community and they always welcomed newbies.