How is Kierra Jones, owner and lead buyer of The K. Jones Collection, claiming her charmed life? This style-savvy girl boss is empowering other women through her love of accessories! It was such a pleasure getting to know this highly motivated entrepreneur. Read on and I'm sure that you'll be inspired!
AC: What inspired you to start your business?
K Jones: I have always loved fashion jewelry. Growing up, I was overweight and really insecure. I used oversized clothing to "hide" my body. When I got in high school, I wanted to put more effort into my look. As I began to learn what styles worked for my body, it was accessories that made the styling process fun for me. I found how much you could really use accessories to transform your look. Fast forward to now as an adult, I really wanted to pursue my dreams of being my own girl boss. I decided to put more effort into creating something that was my own, something that embodied me, and allowed me to share my passions. So, a lifelong passion for accessories along with my desire to be my own girl boss finally moved me to start The K. Jones Collection.
AC: What is your advice to young ladies who may be in the same position as you once were, dealing with self-esteem and body image issues?
K.Jones: Before I answer that, here’s advice that I would give to others. When we see a young girl, we’ll quickly say “oh, she’s so cute..she’s so pretty”. It’s nice to give those compliments, but it would be great if we could compliment girls on their personality, on how smart they are. As for the young ladies dealing with self-esteem and body image issues, it’s important that girls look in the mirror and own their confidence. When I was in high school, I really don’t know what made me do it, but I would look in the mirror and repeat “you’re a gift to yourself”. We should believe that more and more as women and girls.
AC: Tell us about The K. Jones Collection
K.Jones: We're an online accessory boutique specializing in fashion jewelry and accessories. Each piece is handpicked for the modern woman who is chic, confident, and has a sophisticated style. She creates her own happiness, and she carries herself with class.
AC: What business woman or women do you admire, famous or not?
K.Jones: I have three that come to mind. I would definitely say Oprah. Beyonce. This has nothing to do with her music…put the music aside. What I like about her is that she is an example of investing in your craft, and learning all sides of it. She’s doing a lot of behind the scenes stuff: such as executive producing and writing. A business is so much more than the glitz and glamour. Beyoncé invested the time to become great at what she’s doing. I also admire Tyra Banks, and it’s for similar reasons. In addition to her business accomplishments, Tyra gives back so much. She has a camp where she works with girls, focusing on their self-esteem. That’s a huge portion of success. Are you looking back and helping others to advance toward their own level of success?
AC: What sets The K. Jones Collection apart from others in your industry?
K.Jones: Other boutiques offer beautiful pieces, as I do. However, it’s about so much more than the product. My story is that I became comfortable in my skin when I started putting effort into how I looked. Accessories made that fun for me and so that was the start of it. I’m trying to provide more than jewelry. I’m offering an experience. I want women to celebrate the gift of who they are. I love the fact that it’s me by myself working. It makes me feel accomplished. I love being able to connect with my customers one on one and have them know that Kierra hand-picked all of these pieces. These aren’t things that I just picked from a catalog. I chose these pieces because they fit my clients’ styles and they fit my style. I just want them to feel a special experience. My clients are beautiful, they’re fabulous, and they just need to accessorize a little bit.
AC: What is your vision for the future of your business?
K.Jones: My vision is to be a regionally known lifestyle and accessory brand. I love my jewelry, so I will never give up my jewelry. I do want to expand when it comes to accessories. I believe every part of life can be accessorized…your home, your office, events, everything. I want to experiment with more life and style products. Expanding as a life and style brand, and becoming regionally known is my vision for The K. Jones Collection
In the words of K.Jones: “Celebrate the gift of you. Share your shine.”
Very wise words from a lady boss who is, no doubt, destined for greatness.
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Antoinette C. is a blogger who delights in all things that foster unity and growth in women. After all, if the woman is happy and fulfilled, so is her family and community. Through Truly Charmed, Antoinette will introduce you to women who have inspired her, and who will, hopefully, do the same for you! Here's to your charmed life!