has your Midwestern upbringing influenced the business and its core
grew up in Kenosha with a strong, hardworking family that lived by even
stronger values. They taught me if you love what you do, work hard at it
and treat people right, you can achieve anything. Thatís why I founded
my company on the core values of family, fashion and philanthropy. Those
three values have formed a strong foundation for our business and
allowed us to create a company culture that stands apart from the rest.
Philanthropy is a big
component of your companyís culture. As a CEO, why is giving back so
From the beginning, we have been a company that authentically cares
about our customers and the causes that matter to them. We have a firm
ďnever say noĒ policy, which means whenever someone comes to us with a
cause dear to their heart, we will always have something to give. Our
dedication to philanthropy has built unique and invaluable relationships
within our communities, and I believe we are a stronger business today
because of it.
You recently expanded
into home accents, establishing the Kendra Scott Home collection. Why
home? What makes the collection unique?
My home collection combines my love of natural gemstones with my love of
beautiful interiors to create a line thatís unlike any other in the
market. We use all genuine stones and custom design details, making each
piece a unique home accent that can be loved for a lifetime. This
collection truly is home dťcor from a jewelry designerís perspective.
three of your pieces you canít live without ó and why.
Oh, itís impossible for me to pick a favorite ó itís like being asked to
pick my favorite child! Although I have to say, my favorite stone has
always been turquoise. It was the stone I used to design my first-ever
collection, and I still bring it into my designs whenever I can.
The company is
celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. (Congrats!) What will the
next 15 years bring?
have watched my dream come to life, from a small $500 project in my
spare bedroom to a fashion brand valued at over $1 billion. Itís amazing
to think that all this has happened in just 15 years. But we arenít
slowing down anytime soon. I am constantly pushing my teams to dream
bigger and go beyond what we believe to be possible, and my goal is to
create a global legacy brand that will last for years to come. I can
promise you: This is just the beginning for Kendra Scott.
Having spent time in
Milwaukee to launch your first Wisconsin store at The Corners of
Brookfield, what are your go-to spots when visiting the area?
Harbor House is
perfect for date night with my husband, Matt. And when Iím on the go, I
always head to Colectivo Coffee ó before stopping by our beautiful
Brookfield store, of course.