Fresh Faces :: Hannah Robbins

Somewhere in the last 30 days, June happened. But it happened quick, y’all – I feel like I was anxiously awaiting the start of the summer, and just like that one-third of it disappeared before I even had time to realize that it was happening. I blame the general busyness of being an adult, and also some big changes happening in my personal life, but that’s a post for another day.

While the start of a new month may leave me sad for a quickly disappearing summer, it also means that it’s time for a new Fresh Faces. Today, we’re focusing our attention on Hannah Robbins, July’s Fresh Face and an all around awesome gal. I met Hannah several years ago when she joined my sorority in college. Despite being three years younger than me, Hannah has always served as something of a style-inspiration for me (this girl has stinkin’ cute style, y’all), and that inspiration quickly expanded to jewelry when Hannah opened her handmade jewelry shop, Hannah Claire Designs. And you know what’s also cool – Hannah calls our June Fresh Face one of her best friends (you’ll notice a lot of Hannah’s jewelry in Cara’s pictures).

I chatted with Hannah about her Etsy shop, her inspiration for designing jewelry, and what it’s like to have such a creative hobby:

Hannah Claire Designs, July Fresh Faces

Hannah setting up shop at Austin’s 787 event.

When and why did you get started making jewelry? What about Hannah Claire Designs?
I grew up with a mother who would look at everything and say, “Well, I could make that.” So naturally, every piece of jewelry she liked, she attempted to make. It wasn’t long before she was teaching me how to bead and wire wrap. My desire to make my own jewelry developed while I was working a jewelry store throughout high school and college. Hannah Claire Designs was born a little over a year ago when I decided to open an Etsy shop and officially start selling my designs!

Tell us a little bit about the business.
My business is small, and runs on creativity. I am all about inspiration – constantly taking photographs of everything that inspires me. My jewelry is my take on things, so everything has a unique spin on it. I do a lot of business through Etsy, but the majority of my business comes from trunk shows and events.

What is your favorite part about making jewelry?
There is something about making jewelry that allows me to easily get lost in what I am doing. Making jewelry allows me to relax while putting my creativity to work. On top of that, jewelry will never go out of style, which will challenge me to always come up with fresh, original and unique ideas.

Was this what you thought you would be doing when you were 10 years old? 
When I was a little girl I knew I wanted to do something creative but I just wasn’t sure what. I come from a very entrepreneurial and creative family, so I knew I wanted to start my own business selling my creations (whatever those creations may be).

Do you see this being your future? If not, what do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
I currently work full time for a real estate firm, but you can bet that I am making jewelry in all of my spare time. If my future allows, I would love to continue making jewelry whether it be full time or on the side. 

What’s your favorite part about being a part of the Etsy community?
Etsy has allowed me to expand my business more than I could have ever imagined! Because of Etsy, I have sold to customers in over 15 different states and sold to customers that I have never met. I now have a whole new customer database that I wouldn’t have been able to reach otherwise. 

What about jewelry brands – who is a must buy for you (besides Hannah Claire Designs, of course)?
Having worked at a jewelry store for 6+ years, my jewelry designer rolodex is only growing. Some of my favorite jewelry brands include- Zoe Chicco, Rebecca Lankford, Jamie Joseph and Jennifer Fisher.

What advice do you have to give to anyone looking to get into jewelry making, or looking to start their own business?
Do what YOU love to do, do not make it about others. The only way to truly be successful is to be happy with what you are doing. On a more technical level – make sure you do your fair share of research when it comes to buying materials, creating designs and starting a business.

Hannah Claire Designs, July Fresh Faces

Hannah working on her jewelry, photo credit: Miriam Rousseau

Hannah Claire Designs, July Fresh Faces

A few of Hannah’s pieces

Let me guess – you want more of Hannah and her infectious personality…and her jewelry, of course.  Follow Hannah Claire Designs on Facebook or Instagram to see all her amazing jewelry and receive constant style inspiration. Or go pick a piece out for your own collection at Hannah’s Etsy shop.

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