Working Girl Executive Profile:
Krysten and I met while we were both interning in NYC the summer of ’08. I was working at Seventeen Magazine and Krysten at Vogue and we crossed paths within the clique of summer interns. We have kept in touch after all of these years and we have respectively followed each others careers. Now we are both running businesses and enjoying being our own bosses while still learning on the fly. Ryan Porter is an amazing jewelry company that has the attention of everyone including Teen Vogue, Victoria Secret and so many more! My interview with Krysten below tells all!
- Tell me a little bit about how you got started. ..
While in college I interned at many different companies, but it was my time interning at Vogue in accessories and then assisting at Dannijo and later becoming a showroom manager at Carolee, that made me realize I
was in love with jewelry more than I thought. After watching the young sisters of Dannijo, I knew it was possible for me to build a successful business–I just wasn’t sure how or what yet. It was when I moved back to Ohio to take some time to figure out what I wanted to do that Ryan Porter was born.
- Why Ryan Porter?
I always wanted the company to have a family name incorporated into it–Ryan is my middle name, my mother’s maiden name, and my God daughter’s name. Porter means “to wear” in French–putting the two together just clicked!
- When did you know you had a great idea and how did you run with it?
I use to love layering bracelets to make the perfect #armparty–when my boyfriend and I were in an art store I glanced over and saw alphabet beads–I told him it might be cool to make bracelets with them and he told me to go for it!
I started making them and selling them on Etsy and I had a few orders but it wasn’t taking off so I almost threw in the towel. I started an Instagram account and an editor from Seventeen told me to send them some and they shared it on their social media and
it blew up from there. Since editors and bloggers were then reaching out, I decided to make the Ryan Porter website –which I feel was the real start of my business.
- What is the hardest part of your job?
Staying on track. There is SO much to do when you own your own business that sometimes you feel overwhelmed while trying to do everything. Focus is key.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is definitely the customers taking the time to reach out and tell me how much they love their customized bracelet. One customer told me every time she looks at her wrist it reminds her of her grandmother that had passed.
I love having the ability to make someone’s life just a little bit brighter by a personal piece of jewelry that they helped create with their own message.
- Do you like being your own boss?
I love it! When you are your own boss there is no limit. You are the creator of your own future. The only complaint I have it that you can never truly take a vacation because your company is like your baby–you are constantly thinking about it.
- What would be your advice for someone who wants to start a business?
Just do it. People may discourage you, you yourself may not think you can do it–but you will be surprised how far you can go if you just try.
Favorite #girlboss quote
Constantly tweak and move on…if something didn’t work… just try something else — Sophia Amoruso
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