We had the good fortune of connecting with Allie Thornton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allie, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Our jewelry designs are not only nature sourced, but also nature inspired, the tagua nut I use in my designs and the palm leaves used in our earrings come from Amazon rainforest trees, that helps to preserve the trees for their economic value of producing seeds for jewelry and give the rainforest communities, not only eco jobs but resons to become the first guardians of the rainforests. We have created Operation Girl Empowernment giving back to orphan girls in Ecuador 10% of our income in school supplies and Barbie dolls. We want to empower women with our jewels in the whole ecosystem chain from the makers to the women wearing our jewels
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
While other jewelry designers are focused in create trendy or contemporary jewels we are focused in create unique jewelry inspired in nature, we are not minimalist, but colorful and bold , our jewelry has the power to made you travel in mind to that vacation at a tropical island or rainforest. Not everyone enjoys my loud approach of fashion, but I learned you can not try to to please everyone, but be you and loyal to your vision and find your ideal dream customers from the crowd. I started selling my jewels at the local farmers market in San Diego from Scripps Ranch, to the coastal towns like Oceanside, and the cities by the border with Mexico like Chula Vista. Today I showcase a big events like Dapper Day Disneyland, Tiki Oasis San Diego, I have been invited for many years, to represent my country , Ecuador and its art at Latin American Festival in Bazaar del Mundo in San Diego, and this year was invited to participate at London Accessory week. Starting was not easy, there was people until today that make fun of my foreign ecuadorian accent, or I have many store owners that ask me if I have permit to sale when I am introducing my products knocking doors at shops. But I can not be afraid of rejections, for one door that closes, there is a bigger one that opens, I said to myself, that shop lost the chance to show my jewels. today my ecojewelry is sold at many art galleries, museum shops and my religious line is sold at many missions shops and catholic shops in CA, FL, Texas and Nevada and thanks to FAIR the B2B marketplace plattform, I am entering to new territories in USA.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First I will start bringing to an early wine tour in any our of my local wineries, in Temecula, those tours that bring you to the vineyards, the barrel room, the lab where the wine maker designs the wine and then you have the tasting pairing wine with food. Then I will bring that person to the Horseback ridding tour booked by the vineyeards to appreciate the best of our Temecula valley. A lunch at the terraces of my favorite Italian restaurant winery Robert Renzoni is a must and finally drive to Oceanside pier for a sunset by the ocean and a dinner by any of the Oceanside HARBOR restaurants overlooking the beach, then a drive to Hightway 101 and all those charming beaches towns like Leucadia, Encinitas and Del Mar where you can drive while looking the ocean without buildings blocking your views. Oceasice the closest beach is only 40 minutes away from home taking the 78 highway.
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