We had the good fortune of connecting with Meredith Piccin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meredith, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I discovered my love for creating jewelry while playing with my Grandmother Honey Rosenkranz’s vintage pieces. I began to see that breathing new life into old pieces was a better way for the environment and the fashion industry. When friends and family began requesting pieces of their own, I knew that I could bring Honey Rose & K to life. In 2009, the eco-friendly line Honey Rose & K was born. Today, you see many eco-friendly and sustainable lines. We take pride in being one of the first! Each piece of Honey Rose & K is created with vintage treasures combined with modern elements and design. Jewelry for the modern bohemian with an edgy twist. Honey Rose & K has been featured in the pages of Oprah Magazine, Elle, InStyle, People and on The Voice Wardrobe, The Bachelor and Gabrielle Union to name a few.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I created unique jewelry by using vintage pieces mixed in with a bit of modern delights. We believe in using pieces that already exist to create unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Our modern take on recreating the vintage pieces is what sets us apart and wonderful customer service. We still reach out personally to customers and include notes in the orders. The personal aspect of shopping has been lost in recent years and we still believe it’s important. I came to where I am today by never giving up and believing I was just as good as anyone else! People often ask how I’ve been able to get things in magazines and tv. I honestly just did my research and reached out to people. I never thought it wasn’t a possibility. Did I receive a bunch of no’s…yes! I just kept going until someone said yes or loved our story. I’ve learned to delegate and pay others to do the things that I’m not good at or dread doing. It’s ok to outsource those things in your business that you recognize are not your talents. I’ve become really good at knowing what I’m good at and what I really shouldn’t be doing. I want the world to know that it’s ok to be a small designer and business! Everyone wants to be the next Amazon or Google but it’s okay to want to be a small business too. You can have great joys and wins as a small business. Everyone has a story to tell, have the guts to bring it to life! There’s so much freedom in being your own boss.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well when my best friends visit from Atlanta we always go to the Short North Arts district and shop, eat, enjoy cocktails. We hit a rooftop bar, M Miranova for a fabulous meal and Forno Kitchen + Bar for drinks. Rowe Boutique and Ladybird are the must-hit shopping locations in the Short North. Jeni’s Ice Cream is also a local must for a treat. Flower Child is the best vintage destination in the city. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Grandmother Honey Rosenkranz was my design inspiration! Honey herself attended Parsons in NY and without all of her creative juices and costume jewelry, I would not have created the line. My parents are also very creative. I grew up in a repurposed barn that became a very cool house. My Mother, Lynda and my Father, David always enjoyed finding vintage pieces and would give them a new life. My Father is a talented woodworker and painter and many of my family members are artists. My friend Jami Briggs who is a stylist has been a wonderful sounding board for me to run ideas through and understands the ins and outs of running a business. My team consists of two women, Jenny Dingle and Lauren Cicala, who are wonderful at sales and building relationships. They support and encourage me and round out the business! I couldn’t do without them. My photographer, Pam Pyles, makes the website come to life. Her photos and creativity wows me every time we work together.
Linkedin: Meredith Piccin
Facebook: Honey Rose & K Jewelry
Pam Pyles Photography