We had the good fortune of connecting with Margaux Kent and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Margaux, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
There wasn’t too much of a thought process! I’d had a business (and others before) when I met Walter. We just joined forces and strengthened each other through the process. I believe anything is possible, and I am also okay with changing course if something isn’t going well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love to learn new things. I am fortunate to have support of the sniffing out of new trails through Peg and Awl and my family. There are times when the anythingness of my appreciation of things seems exasperating, but for the most part, the endlessness is exhilarating! Before Walter, most of what I made was unnecessary in a way—art and jewelry—the most practical thing I did was bookbinding! Our efforts together were more pragmatic. This led to self-reliance as well as the growth and success of Peg and Awl. Though we did sprinkle in a lot of art in the early days, we abandoned a lot of it to raise our boys and grow our business. We have recently returned to painting and drawing and art-filled days—the blend is so satisfying! And our boys’ artistic growth is truly stunning. At 10 and 12, their drawing skills thrill us daily! I believe that following our curiosity led us to where we are. And also—the time was right! The internet Etsy, craft shows, social media, all of this allowed us to flourish with no capital, just a camera, the wherewithal to gather materials heading to the landfill, and the want to make!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A week long trip sounds like a lot of planning and I am NOT a planner. I stress mightily at the thought, so I will keep this simple. Whilst our business is in Philadelphia, we have moved to Chester County with lots rivers and creeks and forests. When we were in the city, we often spent weekends at flea markets, in the woods, and visiting historic sites outside of the city. Here in West Chester we do that all of the time! We are working on restoring our land and a barn on the property — so we hope to be able to invite all of the best friends and family here, post pandemic. As for food and places to visit in Philadelphia — My favourite places to eat are Stock, Suraya, Weckerley’s for ice cream, and High Street Cafe. Some of favourite places are The Mutter Museum, The Wagner, The Insectarium, and Bartram’s Garden!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom was an adventurer and questioner of all things, and so am I. My dad is a doer – no matter how foolish the doing may have appeared. I owe both of them my gratitude for leading the way in their opposites of a kind.
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