EACH EPISODE I SIT DOWN WITH MAKER ENTREPRENEURS TO FIND OUT HOW THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE A LIVING SELLING PHYSICAL PRODUCTS MADE BY HAND.
I’m Justin Hawkins. For years I have been fascinated and inspired by people who start their own businesses making things. I can't help wonder how in the world they make a living doing it. I'm the kind of person who has lots of ideas for products and businesses. Over the years I have asked a lot of questions to the maker entrepreneurs around me but I still want to know more. Join me as I sit down with business owners who create physical products by hand to learn how they make a living doing what they love.
WU 001 : Agnieszka Zoltowski : ORU
Agnieszka Zotowski is the maker behind ORU, a jewelry company that pairs a unique weaving technique and beautiful Japanese glass beads. As a longtime friend, I have gotten a chance to watch the many stages of Agnieszka's business. I have been encouraged and inspired by her ability to navigate the hard times that inevitably occur in a business and her continued creativity in the beautiful pieces she makes. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as I do.
WU 002 : Lizzie Falkenstein : PRIMECUT
Lizzie creates handbags using hide on hair leather that allows the natural beauty of the hide to be its own work of art. While working her full-time job at a design agency, Lizzie built and launched her bag line, she was able to quit her job and become her own boss after just 6 months. She has done an amazing job of keeping it simple. Creating a new brand and business is hard enough, so designing products with just a few components while providing a beautifully unique item is brilliant. Over the past five years, Lizzie has been able to slowly expand her line in new and interesting ways that still align with the original product and brand. I have enjoyed watching Lizzie's progress from afar so sitting down with her to learn the details was a lot of fun.