Interview – Meet Kate Cummins
What is your background?
I moved to London at 22 years old, from worthing, a small seaside town, have met some amaz-ing people and had been working as a visual merchandiser for many years, I have the love of making things look pretty!
- 2005 / 2014 – European Visual Coordinator : My previous experience working as a visual merchandiser for a global company, bringing creativity and artistic flair to deliver high standards and results. Excellent attention to detail, organised, proactive and adaptable.
- 2012 / 2013 – At night collage, Studied silver smithing at Kensington and Chelsea college and have qualified in a BTEC level 1 in 3d design. 3D design products – distinction / 3D design crafts processes – distinction / working to a 3D brief – distinction.
- 2012 / 2014 – I have been hand crafting Sliver Jewellery as a hobby, making gifts for family and friends for 3 years.
- 2014 til now – started my own business designing and making handmade silver jewellery.
Tell us about your business?
KC Loves Designs and hand crafts unique Sterling Silver Jewellery, sometimes featured with other materials such as gemstone, shell, wood and natural hemp cord. Delicate, fine, natural feel, a sense of freedom, when wearing a piece. My professional services include making bespoke Jewellery for the customer either bought for themselves or a gift.
I am inspired to make my Jewellery by the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados, the warm excited feeling of being on the island, the tranquil surroundings of the beaches, the alive blue sea, the unaffected nature and the passion of the people for life its self. My Jewellery can be adjusted to the customer’s needs, in size, materials used, texture, colour and design.
The product is unique in design, suitable to wear for every day to evening. Ideal bought for a favourite holiday piece, can be worn to complement a daywear outfit to the beach, the same piece can be worn to dress up the favourite outfit for the holiday evening out. If you are not on holiday, wearing KC Loves make you feel you are just about to walk out onto the beach front, no matter where you are in the world. Perfect bought as a personal gift, received in a gift box and bag made to feel special, to compliment the Jewellery itself.
Where did the idea for your business come from?
From the love of being in Barbados, I was inspired to make jewellery. Me and my boyfriend regularly visit Barbados to the sun, the sea, the beauty and to see family and friends. Our dream is to one day live on the Island and I would have my own jewellery work shop built on the side of my beautiful wooden house by the sea. I have always loved wearing and buying handmade jewellery, something unique and different. I can myself only wear nonmetal materials and silver.
What is the most challenging thing about running your own company?
I find the most challenging thing to be the marketing side, with running your own business you have to work on all areas (no one to do it for you) keeping up with social on a daily basis.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
I would advice to take small steps, it’s all very well to see the dream and the bigger picture, but you would have to take small steps to make it achievable and more real. Take on all the advice you receive from people that have experience. Don’t be afraid to try new ideas, don’t be afraid to make mistakes they can always be corrected.
How has working with Elisicia and Petit Miracle hub helped you?
Elisicia and the petit miracles hub have been really helpful to me and my business, this is the start for me and I have learned a lot from being at the hub. Working with other entrepreneurs and sharing each others skills, amazing training, there is so much opportunity on holding events, networking, getting to know your customer, feedback and great atmosphere. The concept is amazing!
In 5 years time…
I will be more established with more and regular customers, I will be a professional at marketing my brand. kc loves will be known in the industry and will be a popular jewellery brand 😉