We had the good fortune of connecting with Cindy Engels and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cindy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Honestly, I never intended to start any business. I was in the corporate hotel business and then became a stay at home mom. I’ve always loved jewelry. It’s the easiest way to dress up and add a little glam to any outfit. On a trip back home to Oregon, I bought a leather necklace. I loved it so much and on the way home, I thought to myself, I can make this. I went to my local craft store and bought a few supplies. I made a few pieces, showed them to friends and they encouraged me to continue designing and making. I finally got my seller’s permit and was able to buy wholesale from jewelry suppliers.
I knew if my friends loved my jewelry then I knew I could keep moving forward. But, here’s the real deal…if I would of known there was a plethora of small jewelry artisans out there, I really believe I wouldn’t of started making jewelry. I would of been too intimated and scared of the challenge. Not knowing that really helped me to gain the confidence I needed to keep moving forward.
My goal was to get into our local boutique Swirl, because she only carried local designers. And, they welcomed my jewelry!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m constantly creating…my head doesn’t stop. All my designs are handmade by me. I only use 14k gold fill, sterling silver and semi precious gemstones, unless otherwise stated. The majority of my supplies are bought in the US. Quality craftmanship and product is very important to me and I believe my customers appreciate that.
Mac and Ry has been featured in Vogue and Vanity Fair and can be found online and at select boutiques in the US.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
You can’t go wrong in Southern California. I would take them to:
I’m partial to San Clemente. Del Mar street has the best shopping and dining. And then head down to the pier to watch the beautiful sunset.
Coronado Island in San Diego and eat lunch at the Hotel Del Coronado.
Downtown Carlsbad for shopping and eating. Love Swirl Boutique and Campfire Restaurant.
The Dana Point Harbor is a great place to walk around and have lunch at Wind & Sea…very casual but a cool vibe on the water.
Rent a duffy boat in the Newport harbor and tour all of the beautiful homes and yachts.
Love the Tavern House House Kitchen and Bar for dinner.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
All my friends, family, and repeat customers. Truly, they are my biggest supporters and I greatly appreciate them.
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