Business Name: August Earrings Website: N/A Established: 2020 Questions answered by: Jenny Greig
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
August Earrings focuses on trendy, yet classic clay earring styles where anyone can find a pair that they will love. Whether you are looking for statement pieces or everyday go-to earrings, August Earrings strives to have the perfect fit for you. Keeping to a neutral and earth-toned colour palette, we do everything we can to help our pieces carry the same sense of comfort you find in a cozy sweater or with a cup of coffee under your warmest blanket.
With the Winnipeg local maker community continuing to grow, what is the most important thing you’d like potential customers of your company to know?
Supporting August Earrings provides you with a very personal shopping experience. This is a one-woman show, so I take a lot of pride in the communication that I can provide. Whether you have found a style that I’ve created that speaks to you or you want to collaborate on a custom pair, I’m always eager and ready to help!
What inspired you to start your business?
August Earrings started while I was looking for a creative outlet during a summer when it felt like options were limited. I often found myself spending time and money shopping for clay earrings when I finally decided to step out of my comfort zone and start designing my own. Before I knew it I had family and friends asking for their own earrings so I took a huge leap and the risk to start selling. This may be a one-woman show but those closest to me absolutely inspired this venture!
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
Being an introvert and starting a small business isn’t always a winning combination so learning how to reach and connect with an audience has been a struggle. Entering the small business world full of talented and unique brands can be intimidating, to say the least, but over time I have found a community bursting with the support that I am so thankful for. I am learning to be confident in what August Earrings has to offer and realize that I have a place and something great to offer this community as well.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
August Earrings has had the opportunity to give back to communities we are really passionate about. Throughout our current pandemic, I was able to support a small project to thank educators in my community for everything that they have taken on while already working in a stressful profession. As an educator myself, getting to connect with these school staff members was so special.
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Always remember that there is more learning and growing to do! There is always a big learning curve when you start a new business but try to never find yourself at a standstill. You will amaze yourself with what you can accomplish if you stay open to new opportunities!
Please share any upcoming events as well as the best place(s) for people the purchase your product!
You can always shop and chat with us on our Instagram. As warmer months make their way here, you can keep an eye out for us at markets!