Jessica Decarlo has always loved nature. Being a bit of a free spirit she was torn between her love of nature and her desire to live in a more urban setting. She began collecting jewelry at an early age and always loved to work with her hands. After graduating from high school Jessica attended a small liberal arts college in Vermont and took jewelry making classes on the side at a design studio. She move to NY in 2007 and shortly there after began designing and making jewelry full time. Jessica launched her current jewelry line aptly named Jessica Decarlo in 2008 and it has grown steadily year by year. In addition to selling at all the well known flea markets in New York such as the Brooklyn Flea and The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park, she also sells her jewelry to boutiques across the country. Through her jewelry Jessica found a way to combine her love of nature and her independent city girl life style. Her jewelry is fashion forward, sophisticated, and eclectic. It embraces the soft side of nature and serves it up with a side of urban chic. The perfect accessory for city girls with a bohemian wanderlust. So I was super excited when Jessica agreed to open her Brooklyn studio to me for a leisurely chat and a cup of tea.
1) Did you always intend on owning your own business or did this happen organically?
Yes. I always knew that having and running a business was something I was going to do…even when I was as young as 16
2) Can you speak a little about the process that goes in to the making and creation of your pieces? And how are you inspired to create your designs can you speak a little about that process as well?
We hand hammer many pieces in the collection. We also hand carve many of the cast pieces. My company is based on being hand crafted and made from real people. I’m inspired to create my designs by being alive every day. There’s nothing better than getting to create and make nice things for others to enjoy.
3) Did you always know you would work in a creative industry? Yes, always.
4) Regarding your business and career, if there was one thing you could do differently what would it be?
I wouldn’t change a thing, it’s all a learning process.
5) If you did not own your own company and were not making jewelry, what could you see yourself doing?
I never thought about this… not once, and honestly, don’t really want to! I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.
6) Any advice you could give a young person who is thinking of creating their own line of jewelry or starting their own business?
Stick with it, work really hard, and be nice to people
To see more of Jessica’s work please visit her site at jessicadecarlo.com
ImogenNovember 20, 2013
This is a fantastic and interesting idea for a post. I love her creativity.
AndreaNovember 20, 2013
Wonderful post! Very talented.
Jackie HarrisonNovember 20, 2013
Awesome interview you did great with t be question.
Charu SharmaNovember 20, 2013
Jane Y.November 20, 2013
beautiful pieces! those arrow cuffs are lovely!
JessicaNovember 20, 2013
What a lovely workshop and I love her pieces!
Adri - Adri's WorldNovember 20, 2013
Great interview and I love her jewelry. Always great to learn about new designers!
emily | shell chic'dNovember 20, 2013
I have such serious respect for jewelry designers, her work is darling! And LOVE these photos, perfectly captured!
Angelica GoldenNovember 20, 2013
Love her advice to young people–what a doll! Those ‘V’ necklaces are fantastic!
RowenaNovember 20, 2013
Jessica’s designs are lovely! Thanks for the introduction and interview! It’s always interesting to learn how people start their businesses and abit about their creative process.
Rowena @ rolala loves
anngelikNovember 20, 2013
Such beautiful, simple items. She is very talented.
RicheleNovember 20, 2013
Wow such lovely jewellery! Thanks for sharing about Jessica! I am headed on over to her site right now xx
Caroline L.November 20, 2013
Such a beautiful workspace and collection of unique pieces!
seNovember 20, 2013
how cool?! shall we follow by fb and bloglovin?
christine | The Plumed NestNovember 20, 2013
really beautiful! i always love seeing behind the scenes pics as well!
JohannaNovember 20, 2013
Her aesthetic is really cool. I think I need one of those necklaces!
LolaNovember 21, 2013
Great post Ali! and I love your new blog look and the name.
AkaleistarNovember 21, 2013
So many pretties!
Kim of A Very Sweet BlogNovember 21, 2013
her designs are gorgeous! what a great interview! i love that gold necklace.
EditaNovember 21, 2013
She seems like a very hearty person.
And I agree with her, it pays to be nice to people 🙂 There’s nothing worse than a spoil sport, who’s rude and just too full of themselves…
Lady à la ModeNovember 21, 2013
Thanks for sharing this! so many amazing pieces of jewelry… totally my style!
Lady à la Mode
AshleyNovember 21, 2013
Awesome feature; Jessica’s super talented!
gigiNovember 21, 2013
that is awesome! I love the pieces and I can’t believe it’s all hers amazing ecspecially that necklace. must have. will have to go check these out to get myself some..thanks for sharing it! xx. gigi. http://www.gigikkitchen.com
gabusiekNovember 21, 2013
Very beautiful 🙂
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Alison DulaneyNovember 21, 2013
I love seeing where creative people work! Thank you for the introduction, I just love the holiday shops that should be popping up soon!
SoniaNovember 22, 2013
Cool interview, loving her workspace! And designs! Thanks for the FYI!
AEKKNovember 22, 2013
These jewelries have stolen my heart!
I love all the items you made by hand!
DIY is an art!
Wish you can do it better and better!
HayfaNovember 22, 2013
I love Jessica’s last advice about being nice to people! It’s such a simple thing, but often forgotten! Awesome article 🙂
KIMNovember 22, 2013
love her jewelry 🙂
AEKKNovember 22, 2013
Awesome handcrafts! I’m lovin’ it! Thanks for your posting!