Follow Friday: Templeton Silver

I love sharing incredible companies with you on our #FollowFriday posts. Today is no exception! In the interview below, we are talking to Nikki Wood of Templeton Silver! Her product is genius, and makes for a wonderful baby gift for any mom! Without further ado, I'll let Nikki tell you more below! Be sure to follow her on Instagram @TempletonSilver.

Templeton Silver
Owner: Nikki Wood
Products: Sterling silver pacifier clips

TDC: Tell us a little about how Templeton Silver got started, and the inspiration behind the idea.
TS:  I owned my own handmade beaded jewelry company for about ten years with my jewelry in boutiques all over the southeast. I had a childhood friend approach me about taking over their business. They made sterling and beaded pacifier clips that turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage. She started the company when she was trying to find a cute pacifier clip that didn’t get dirty and "germy". They say that necessity is the mother of invention so they came up with the amazing concept of Templeton Silver’s unique clips as being:

1. A pacifier clips
2. That it also becomes a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage.  

The two owners (who were sisters) both had children and couldn’t give the business the time and energy it needed. I thought the idea was absolutely genius. There is a ton of competition with making jewelry and this opportunity came to me at the perfect time. I’ve always loved children and have always wanted to do something in the children’s industry. I ended up taking over the company about 3 years ago and basically revamped and expanded everything. They had a few different styles of clips (that were amazing and adorable) but I took my jewelry background and came up with different collections of clips and named them after all my best friend’s kid’s names.  It was a perfect fit for me. So, in 2013 I made Templeton Silver my own and it’s grown in leaps and bounds since!

TDC: I bet that was a huge undertaking!  What has been your favorite part about running the company for the past three years?
TS:  I absolutely love the fact that each day I learn something new and with each new day comes new opportunities. Every day I wake up and am excited about all the things that lie ahead and are waiting for me and my company. Whether it’s finding an amazing new boutique to be in, an awesome new mom who loves our products, or finding amazing people and shops on Instagram like Textured Design Co to collaborate with.  It’s really fun!

TDC: Templeton Silver is known for its sterling silver pacifier clips, and customers can choose from a number of beautiful beaded chains as well. What do you think sets your products apart from others out there?
TS:  Such a great question!  There are so many amazing and adorable pacifier clips out there. Templeton Silver pacifier clips are unique in that not only are they pacifier clips, but they turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage (*patent pending) and they have 85% less bacteria than cloth or plastic pacifier clips bc silver is naturally antimicrobial. We try and have a different styles and color options so there is a perfect fit for each mommy and baby. All our clips are cpsc and cpscia tested which means we have had our clips tested in a child safety testing laboratory. We care about making sure your baby is safe!

TDC: All your products are available online. Can they also be purchase in any retail stores?
TS:  Yes! We are in over 200 high end baby boutiques

TDC: Is there anything you’d like to share with us about the future of Templeton Silver?
TS:  We are so excited about the future of Templeton Silver and what it holds.  We have a few ideas up our sleeve, so you’ll have to follow along in the new year and see what those are :)

TDC: All of Templeton Silver’s products are designed and handcrafted here in Charleston, SC.  What are some of your favorite things to do in Charleston? Any favorite spots in the Holy City?
TS:  I grew up in Charleston. I went to college at University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and came right back to Charleston after I graduated. I swear I have a love affair with my home town. Love going to the beach, anything on the water, anything outside really (because there are no bad views in our amazing city). I’ve always loved just being downtown.  There’s something magical about our Holy City!

TDC: And finally, our favorite question… is there a Charleston restaurant you’re really loving right now?
TS:  Fig never ever gets old, does it!?  and Xiao Bao Biscuit is always a must.

Be sure to follow along with Nikki to see what she has in store for the future of Templeton Silver, and check out the image below for more details! 

Happy Friday everyone!
-Emily and Abby

Follow Friday: Hermosa Jewelry

This time last year, I met Haley of Hermosa Jewelry! We both had a booth at a local event, and I was so impressed with her jewelry company! Haley is one amazing entrepreneur -- creative, smart, and delightful to talk to! Learn more about this Charleston native and her gorgeous line of jewelry in the #FollowFriday interview below! 

Hermosa Jewelry Charleston SC

HERMOSA JEWELRY
Owner:  Haley Keisler
Products:  handmade jewelry, custom & wedding jewelry
Follow @HermosaJewelry on Instagram!

TDC: Hermosa is Spanish, correct? Tell us a little about what inspired the name, Hermosa Jewelry.
HJ:  I studied abroad for a semester in college in Seville, Spain.  “Hermosa” means beautiful in Spanish, which in my opinion, I think my jewelry is beautiful but it also makes women who wear it feel beautiful, too.

TDC: Your jewelry is very striking! What led you to designing jewelry?
HJ: At the age of 12, I inherited a large box of costume jewelry from a family friend.  I started taking pieces apart and reassembling them into new designs.  And the rest is history, I’ve been designing jewelry since then.  

TDC: Do you currently have a favorite piece in your collection? 
HJ:  Yes!  My favorite piece right now is the Sansa Crescent Horn (featured above), named after Sansa in Game of Thrones.  It is a colorful statement piece that I have been wearing on repeat lately.  

TDC: What are the best ways for people to purchase your items? 
HJ:  You can shop in person at my studio & showroom located at 1304 Erckmann Drive, Suite D. in Mt. Pleasant.  Local stores in the Charleston area that carry my line include: Charleston Preservation Society, Karen Hagan Fine Art, Stox & Co. Salon & Spa, and The Green Shutter.  My website is open 24/7 as well (www.hermosajewelry.com).  I have a lot of upcoming events for the Fall and Holiday season which are listed on my website.  

TDC: You also had a booth set up at this year's Volvo Car Open Tennis Match. Tell us a little about that experience! Will we see some tennis stars wearing Hermosa Jewelry?
HJ:  Yes!  The Volvo Car Open is my biggest event of the year.  It is so much fun but a lot of work.  I showcase my jewelry for 9 days.  It’s a great way to get brand exposure for people that are attending the tournament.  I have three Tennis stars that rock Hermosa: Bethanie Mattek-Sands (just won gold at the Olympics), Sloane Stephens (won the Volvo Car Open), and Jelena Jankovic.

TDC: You lived in Colorado for a few years after college. Did you have a favorite city or town that you visited? Any recommendations for someone heading that way?
HJ:  Colorado definitely has a piece of my heart.  When I lived there, I skied every weekend.  Steamboat is one of my favorite places in Colorado to ski and visit.  It has a Western ranch feel to the town and the skiing is awesome!

TDC: Having grown up around Charleston, is there a Charlestonian tradition or activity that is extra special to you?
HJ:  I love spending time on the water- fishing, cruising, exploring.  You get to see Charleston from a different perspective.  

TDC: Last but definitely not least...what is your favorite Charleston area restaurant right now?
HJ:  My favorite Charleston restaurant is Muse.  It located on Society Street in a historic house.  It has a quaint yet intimate atmosphere and the food is fantastic!

Be sure to follow Hermosa on Instagram! @HermosaJewelry

Thanks for stopping by the blog! Next week we're introducing two new members of the Texture Design team!!

Best,
Emily Kirby

Celadon Home's Birthday Party

We are SOOO excited to be a part of an amazing lineup of local makers and artists to help celebrate Celadon's 22nd birthday and the online store’s 1st birthday! It’s going to be a great party, so you should plan on stopping by!

 The event is Saturday, November 5th from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Celadon Home
1015 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Celadon Home Birthday Party

Reply to the Facebook event and bring your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/1749602208622615/

 #celadonsturning22 #celadononlineturns1 #celadonsbirthdayparty

Have a great day!
Emily