We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Hesse and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Honestly it was that I wanted something and couldn’t justify spending that kind of money to buy a bunch of these shell bangles I wanted. So I told myself Id learn how to make them and make myself a bunch. And once I did that people started asking me to make some for them. Then they’d ask if I could make some without the shell or with a different metal or earrings… and it just grew from there. I think when you come from a place of truly wanting to make something that you would even buy it sets you up for success. Also from the start listening to what your customers want and creating things that people are asking for is something I’ve always done and will continue to do.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s really hard to say I’m doing anything different from anyone else making jewelry… there’s only so many ways to make metal bangles and earrings and rings before you’ve seen that design before. I do believe I keep my line simple, well made, with good quality materials and its all handmade and that seems to be not the case out there. There is a lot of people manufacturing their designs and I make each piece start to finish from scratch no help along the way and I’m so proud of that cause it would be easy to cut some corners but that’s just not what I’m here for. It takes me way longer that it would if I got certain pieces manufactured or casted by someone else but I like the extra time and effort. I’ve learned my customers like the simple designs and I’ve learned to listen to them. I keep making my pieces in my shed with my hands next to me kiddos playing and its what really makes me happy right now 🙂

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Cambria pines lodge is an beautiful place to stay up on the coast. I would for sure then take them to Moonstone beach for a beach walk, Montana de Oro to do some hiking, San Simeon cove for a beach day. Then to grub Scout Coffee in San Luis Obispo, Hidden Kitchen in Cayucos for incredible waffles and smoothies, Vert Juice in AG, Noi and Doi’s Thai food in Baywood and Taco Temple in Morro Bay. Wine taste Venteux Vineyards and Halter Ranch in Templeton.

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?
Hands down my first vendor that took me on Hands Gallery in San Luis Obispo! They took a risk by carrying my pieces and they’ve been SO important in the growth of my business and bridging the gap between my customers and my designs. Also my family, husband and kiddos who always encourage me and help me with everything, it truly has been a family affair.

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Image Credits
Jennifer Olsen Images

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