Fun fact about me: I love learning about people’s stories. I can spend hours with someone and simply listen to what have to say. And I’m especially interested if this person is pursuing their passion or some sort of entrepreneurial effort.
I like to know…
Why did they choose this idea? What motivates them? How did they take the chance?
When my friend Janice told me about Mauve & Taupe, a jewelry business started by her friend, I wanted to answer those exact questions. So, I met with her friend Kerry on a rainy Saturday afternoon to learn more.
Two sisters, Kerry and Kathryn started Mauve & Taupe with the goal to become the best in class e-commerce provider for up and coming Southeast Asian designers and handicraft producers.
They source unique silver, gemstone jewelry, and other accessories from their hometown in Chiang Mai, Thailand. While doing my own research on the business, I was astounded by the number of followers they have gained on their Instagram account.
When I asked Kerry about this she chuckled and confessed she didn’t even have Instagram before starting the business. Her sister Kathryn, however, was an expert – her personal page is filled with stunning portraits she draws in her spare time.
Kerry may be a new to Instagram, but she’s a seasoned veteran in the e-commerce business. She was an eBay PowerSeller in high school (which is a whole separate story I won’t delve into) so basically, it’s evident has a knack for business. She loves all things supply-chain related and I could see her eyes lit up when she spoke about the dynamics of it.
Kerry describes she and her sister Kathryn as the perfect business partners: Kathryn is “deeply artistic” while Kerry is “incredibly utilitarian.”
I wanted to put business-talk aside for a second and find out what drives the passion behind Mauve & Taupe.
Though Kerry claims not to be an artist herself, she’s found a deep appreciation for art through her family. She’s proud of being able to find unique items from Chiang Mai – a city that represents her family and her background.
In Thailand, they don’t work with large vendors but rather, they work with independent jewelers who set up shop on the street. Some of the leather jewelry Mauve & Taupe provides is handmade by two young sisters who remind Kerry of her sister and herself :).
Jewelry is only the beginning for Mauve & Taupe. I’m really excited to see what Kerry and Kathryn have in store next. With Kerry handling the business and with Kathryn in charge of the artistic side, I’m sure they will do some amazing work!
P.S. If you like their jewelry as much as I do, you can use the code FORFRIENDS to get $20 off your order. Also, follow their Instagram page because it’s gorgeous!!