Son of a Sailor Jewelry + Supply
Who are you and what do you do?
We’re Son of a Sailor Jewelry + Supply based out of Austin, Texas. My husband William and I are partners and design everything in both lines together, from our East Austin studio and home. As we’ve grown, we’re happy to have added six full- and part-time employees that help us run the business.
We began designing with our Classics collection of jewelry, and have since added an additional collection, as well as a line of gifts and accessories for men and women. Our collections are defined by bold color and geometric design, whether that is employed in our Pecos Handpainted Bracelet or our wooden USB drives. We make things that are affordable, colorful, and spirited that we, ourselves, would like to have. If others enjoy our items, then we’re doing something right.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
We’re currently trying to carve out time for a new Winter collection that embodies our focus on geometry and color and uses materials with provenance like brass and copper. (Okay, we admit that was supposed to be a fall collection but things have been crazy around here!). With our new collection we want to employ our design principles of offering a modern aesthetic with affordable yet high quality materials. We also want to create pieces that work with natural heritage materials like stones and gems.
Additionally, we’ve been revisiting our Classics collection by working with a new color palette and fresh designs. We’ve also added a new Ankaa necklace and Bellatrix bracelet that plays with shades and textures of mint and coral.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
This may be verging on old news but, over the summer, we were excited and honored to win Best Booth Design at POOL Tradeshow. After a summer of working hard and traveling to a multitude of shows around the country, it was a huge honor to receive the award from Camp Design Group.
How did you get started in your business?
William and I have been working on creative projects together since the very first time we met in San Francisco. Collaborating to create something, whether for business or fun (usually those mix!), is what we know.
William is a graphic designer by trade with a history that includes traveling around the world in the Navy and working in West Texas oil fields. My background is in marketing and gallery work with a specific passion for creating and curating. We merged our collective experiences and creative values to hone an aesthetic that led to Son of a Sailor.
Since we began, we’ve grow into two studio spaces (our space at Canopy, a creative artists’ development in East Austin and our home studio.) We stock our items in boutiques around the world and are currently getting ready for holiday madness!
Is this a full-time business for you?
Phew, yes! Son of a Sailor is a full-time business for William and myself. Full time feels pretty literal when we’re working at the studio till late at night or answering emails all day Sunday. That being said, we have a great team and we love working together. It’s a rewarding experience to be able to know we’ve created a team and community that makes coming to work each day an invigorating experience.
Where do you see your business in 3 years?
William and I will always be creating together; hopefully we’ll be making new items that are useful and pretty and sustaining our happy Austin life. We want to build a team where our employees can strive to have the same thing. It’s important to us that there isn’t a sacrifice to work in a creative industry, and we hope to grow our workforce holistically as a family.
We want to expand both lines and use fresh ideas to develop our story and aesthetic. With our Supply collection we envision growing with the concept of providing heritage goods for an urban meets outdoors lifestyle.
Who’s your biggest fan?
Duh, our moms!
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
We’ve learned how and when to say no as a business. With a lot of projects on our plate, it’s paramount to us that we don’t overextend so that the things we do are done well.
What do your customers love most about your products?
It’s always been core to Son of a Sailor that our products are affordable pieces of art. While we have a few more expensive items, it’s important to us to have pieces that are on a lower price point.
Contemporary design, bold color and natural materials can still result in a handmade piece that is accessible for a wider customer base, and I think our customers appreciate that.