Charlotte, also known as Dotty from Bury St Edmonds started the hugely successful Stanley and Maud just a year ago and with magazines like Tatler and Elle picking up her gorgeous hand made jewellery we couldn't wait to here more about her inspiration and how she started. Here she lets us in on some top tips for success and how she got started with her own business.
Tell us a bit about Stanley and Maud..
Stanley and Maud prides itself on it’s collection of personalised jewellery and gifts, all of the pieces in the collection have been made from materials sourced from Great British suppliers. The collection includes necklaces, bangles and bracelets, all can be personalised and each piece is designed to sit co ordinated amongst other designs to create your own style.
What made you start your own business?
I’ve always been creative and often dabbled in new craft hobbies here and there but nothing ever stuck, I love jewellery and always pecked at my husband for more! he told me “I had enough” and obviously i wasn’t happy to hear that so I decided to start designing my own and I officially opened Stanley and Maud in January 2015, I had my son in the September before so I was on maternity leave from my full-time job as an events coordinator, I was told there was a highly likely chance of being made redundant upon my return so I took the business full-time in Summer 2015.
Where can we shop the range?
You can view the collection via my website www.stanleyandmaud.com and I’ve recently got my first stockist in Yorkshire!
What has been your biggest success?
Being recognised by Tatler, Glamour and Elle was a huge achievement for Stanley and Maud. Being asked by three major fashion/lifestyle magazines to feature was so exciting…it was an amazing feeling knowing they thought you were good enough to be on their glossy pages! The best reward is by far the feedback I get from my lovely customers, I have such a kind loyal following and I’m so so grateful.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Trying to find a happy balance between my work and family life…I don’t always get it right but things are good and as the business grows I’m dragging them in to help me! My husband has titled himself the ‘Director of Packing’! I loved my old job but I love that I can work from home and be there for all the little moments like the school run, school plays and family meal times.
What is your favourite piece from the collection?
I honestly love every piece but it has to be my chunky and skinny sterling silver bangles! They’re stamped with meaningful quotes to me and they’ve not left my arm since the day I made them.
What is your top tip to new mums and dads starting their own business?
Be yourself and don’t be afraid to be open about why you started, you’ll be surprised how many people are or have been in the same situation as you. If you can’t stop thinking about something then do it.
What can we expect from Stanley and Maud in the next year?
I have lots of new plans underway but I can’t share those just yet! I have recently just received my first ever stockist order which was really hard work but so exciting! I would like to gain more stockists next year and there’s the potential to add a team member to Stanley and Maud…fingers crossed!
Check out Stanley Maud here-