Designer Spotlight: Kianna Jabri Elam
A brief story of what you do and why you do it.
I create handmade jewelry. My specialty is bracelets, but I am hoping to expand my line. I love giving my customers custom designs that they trust me to create. Seeing the satisfaction from them is what I most love.
How did you get into jewelry design?
I got into this business by accident. I am creative by nature and just wanted to try something new. I started making gimp (plastic lace) bracelets for my mom. One of her friends saw it and showed it to a local boutique owner. The store began carrying my bracelets, and the line just took off.
What makes your collection unique?
My bracelets are trendy, yet versatile. I have pieces that are just fun as well as those that are more classic. I think my most unique feature is my age. Many people are surprised when they find out that I am only 13 years old.
What are your inspirations?
I want to continue to do well in school, go to college, and eventually have my own boutique or work with major designers.
How are you making a difference in your life?
I have been told by other kids that I have inspired them to look for ways that they can be entrepreneurs. I want to show them that they don't have to fit the stereotypes of so many kids today. I want them to feel good about the things they can accomplish if they put their minds to it and work hard.
What's something unusual about you that makes you “you”?
I am creative. I love creating things with my hands whether it be with pencil and paper, clay, fabric, or anything else that I can use to express myself creatively.
What's the biggest struggle in running your jewelry business like a business? OR What is your biggest success in running your business like a business?
The biggest struggle is keeping a balance between my business, school, and doing normal teen-age things. So far, I have managed very well. My biggest success is having my jewelry in two different retailers. People go to these places and ask for my jewelry by name!
I am a 13-year old 8th grade honor roll student from Macon, GA. I have had the privilege of speaking to youth groups and elementary school students because of my business. I hope to inspire youth to pursue their dreams as I have.