I am excited to bring you anther installment of A Closer Look! Today we will be getting to know more about Ramble Rose, a jewelry brand that really shines in all the right ways. I hope you enjoy getting a closer look at this brand and its fabulous owner, Enjoy!
How did you come up with your brand name?
My brand name mainly came from my love of travel and nature. I chose the word “Ramble,” meaning to walk or wander, because I’ve always felt that I have a wandering soul- always longing to go somewhere new, see al the beauty the world has to offer. I chose “Rose,” because I’m inspired by natured, and not only is it a beautiful flower, but it’s also my middle name.
Meet Maggie Antalek owner of Ramblerose. She is trained as a graphic designer, but after a year working full time in that field, she knew she wanted to put more effort into her brand. “My work consumes most of my life, but I also love spending time traveling, eating, and all things fashion-related. I try my best to capture as much of my daily adventures and passions on my Instagram and blog.” -Maggie
How did you get into your field?
I first started making jewelry in the spring of 2012, when I took a metal smithing jewelry course while in college. I was studying abroad in Florence, Italy, at a fine arts school. I fell in love with it, and later began making craft jewelry when I no longer had access to the same tools as I did in the studio. Eventually, after giving many jewelry gifts to friends and family, I started selling online and at outdoor shows.
When did you start your business?
I started my business in 2013, selling on Etsy. I started selling at outdoor shows in 2014 while still in school at Northeaster, and it has grown since graduating in December of 2014. I’m now running the business (almost) full time, and supplementing the slow seasons with freelance design work.
What/who inspires you to create?
Nature and those I love. I love giving gifts, and I’m inspired by everything green and lush. This is why I use gemstones- the natural qualities are beautiful, and I want to share them with everyone.
What is your favorite part of creating your products?
Making something new! Of course, I love when customers buy designs that I’ve created and uploaded to my site, but the best part is sitting down and making a piece that stems from my inspiration, not from a sale. Often, these inspired pieces are gifts for loved ones, and especially for girls who like to rock something really funky.
What is your favorite/most popular product you have made to date?
My personal favorite is The Santa Fe Stacker, because it’s very bold and showy. The most popular item my customers love is The Buffalo, because each amethyst is so unique, but the necklace itself is still dainty.
Where do you want to see your brand in 5 years?
I hope to see my brand in it’s own storefront in Boston, with a team of 10-20 people working to sustain the handmade quality of the items. Ideally we would have a storefront that acts as a studio space where our customers can come in and design their own pieces.
What is your brands aesthetic?
I suppose it’s a little boho chic and a little rustic glam. I like to throw a little of everything in there, because I find the girls who love brand have a wide range in style, just like me.
My brand used to be name Studdly- I just went through a rebranding in last August! That name came from my use of studs on leather, which has become a much smaller part of the brand, hence the name change.
My piece of advice is to suck it up and work long hours- I know that can sound harsh. But I worked on my brand for about 3 years until I was ready to leave a full time job for it. And while I had that full time job, I would often have 70-80 hour work weeks. Now that I don’t have a full time job, I still often work 6 or 7 days a week, usually until 10pm each day. It’s not always fun, but those extra hours are worth it when you see the growth begin and when you see the customers responding to your designs.