#2: Brent Winston, Founder of Brent Neale Jewelry

Brent Neale Winston is a New York City based designer whose love of jewelry began at a young age when her mother took her to gem shows around Baltimore. Brent’s story is one that sits close to our hearts - before Brent started her own line she worked with our founder Kara Ross at Kara Ross New York. Read on to learn more about Brent.

What do you consider your top 3 core values and how do they affect how you lead your business?

My number one priority are my children and my family which is why I chose to start my own business so I would be able to have a flexible schedule and spend as much time with them as possible.
This also means that I work from home quite frequently which I think will make positive impact on them long term - or at least i hope it will - they see me sketching or laying out stones and they seem to have a sense of what I do & how hard I work.
Additionally when I set out to create the collection I wanted it to be unique and be fun and make people smile. That hasn't changed - I think about that every time I make a piece.

Can you share a time you either thought you failed, or actually did fail? How did you react and move past it, and what impact did it have on business decisions?

I think that you really have to listen to your gut (something I learned working for Kara). Sometimes people may have suggestions as to what you should design or add to a collection and it might make logical sense but then if you don't truly love it and it's not truly you it's tough to sell it. I've learned that lesson the hard way (I melted the piece and took a hit on it ) and anything I make now is a piece I would want in my own jewelry box.

What types of projects do you have coming up that we can look forward to seeing in the future?

I'm working on finishing up the next collection and showing in Paris for the first time which I'm really excited about. I'm so curious to see how it will be received overseas - I'm crossing my fingers and toes!