White Kite Studio | Brand Crush Collab: Katy Vallentine Collection
During an adventurous trip though India, I found myself drawn to the incredible craftsmanship of the local jewellers. My journey began by creating a few unique pieces for myself, and after arriving back in South Africa, I sort of just kept going.
Brand Crush Collab: Katy Vallentine Collection
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Brand Crush Collab: Katy Vallentine Collection

I did this shoot with collaborators Emmajanenation, Katy Valentine and Rosa Karoo about a year ago, but never got the chance to properly hero some of these pretty shots. Today I’d like to introduce you to jewellery brand Katy Valentine Collection. I loved wearing her pieces, especially the round necklace, and that’s why we’re doing a little giveaway on Friday! Keep an eye on my Instagram account for more details. Below is an interview I did with Katy, to find out more about her brand, design and business journey.

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Tell us a bit more about the inspiration behind your brand and jewellery.

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I grew up in a home surrounded by organic design, with both parents being artefact traders, collectors and avid adventures. This is where my passion for creative design stemmed from.

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What made your decide to start this business?

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During an adventurous trip though India,  I found myself drawn to the incredible craftsmanship of the local jewellers. The combination of my African heritage and my love for travel has merged to create “Katy Valentine Collection”. I started my business two and a half years ago, when I realised there was a gap in the market for reasonably priced, simplistic, modern and easy to wear African / Oriental inspired jewellery. I first began by creating a few unique pieces for myself, and after arriving back in South Africa from India, I sort of just kept going. The business evolved very organically from that trip.

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Who is your Katy Valentine girl? Who loves your pieces?

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The ultimate Katy Valentine girl is exited by rare finds, she’s free spirited a bit boho and isn’t afraid to express herself.

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What is your favourite thing about your job?

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I do what I love, which includes design, travel, exploring and having the opportunity to meet new and interesting people.

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What are the 3 greatest attributes that you need to be a happy and successful freelance designer?

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Creativity, patience and honesty.

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What has been your greatest struggle as a freelancer so far?

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Working alone comes with real challenges. It can get lonely if there isn’t someone to share and bounce ideas with. Sometimes it takes a lot of discipline and self-motivation to get the boring day-to-day things done. I’ve been fortunate to have the support of family and friends, but ultimately, getting things done and making my business a success is up to me.

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It can also be difficult coming up with new ideas for my brand. It’s important to stay fresh and exciting as a brand, so I’m constantly on the lookout for new designs in everything around me.

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Do you have any advice for people out there that would like to launch their own creative business.

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The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is that it’s so important to run your business properly from the start. I have not been so good at running the accounts side of things and now that I have everything in order it relieves a lot pressure. So find a good accountant and be on top of the processes and details of your business right from the start.

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