We had the good fortune of connecting with Dezir’e Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dezir’e, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Having the freedom to express my deepest feelings, ideas and inspirations, bring joy to my spirit. Art has been a source of comfort, fulfillment, and inspiration throughout my life. It allows me to take a step back from the often hectic and fast paced situations that life is often filled with. The feeling is rewarding when something that was once just a small idea has taken form and can now be seen by the world.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
CaliVamp is a handcrafted jewelry and accessory brand focused on spreading love and healing energy through fashion. I am proud that what started as a side hustle is now a full-grown business. In my adolescent and teenage years, I began making fashion pieces for myself and started selling jewelry to my friends and family. In 2013, I created CaliVamp & began my jewelry business. Since then I’ve gone through a lot of trial and error. There have been times where I considered giving up but I am happy I didn’t. An important challenge I’ve had to overcome is believing that my creativity and talent was good enough to financially support me and my loved ones. I overcame this with the support of those who appreciate and admire my work. Over time I’ve built confidence in myself and my abilities as a creator & entrepreneur. I also realized it is possible to build a stable career with something that brings you happiness and peace. As a business owner and artist, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned along the way is to study and practice your craft. Continue to educate yourself and learn information about your field of interest and work so you’re continuously getting better every day. I hope that my story can inspire & motivate other entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, and fashion designers alike.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite spots in the city are Ocean Beach, Pier 39, and a few low-key beach and food spots in they city. I am a sucker for a good view and some good food. My top favorite food joints to check out would be Batter Up food truck, usually located in SF park social, American Sushi House in pacifica, and Shake Shack in Oakland.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my mother. Not only for bringing me into this world but for being my biggest creative inspiration and by helping me nurture my creative abilities.

Website: www.calivamp.com

Instagram: @calivamp & @d.lxiis

Facebook: www.facebook.com/calivamp

Image Credits
Lexx Marie Photography

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