Meet the Maker: Sara Goldfine
For the past few weeks I have been starting out these Meet the Maker features gushing over those who are being interviewed, but I am genuinely so excited with the direction Cantik Collective is going that I can't help myself, and today is no exception. Based out of Minneapolis, MN, today we pick the brain of Sara Goldfine, designer and founder of Goldfine Jewelry. With her new collection TrueXGold that just launched this past week in collaboration with popular fashion blogger Chelsea Lankford of truelane.co, she's finding the balance between life as a girl boss and mom to her baby girl. While not a rookie to the design game, she doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.
Everyone has a different path to finding their creative rhythm and becoming an entrepreneur. What got you started?
For as long as I can remember, I had a passion for making wearables. As a child, I loved to redesign my Barbie Doll's outfits and try to come up with new designs that she could wear. I also spent hours sifting through my mother's jewelry box, taking broken pieces of jewelry and turning them into my own creations. This hobby stuck with me through college, at which point, I took the jewelry making to a new level by testing my entrepreneurial skills. I tested the market by selling my jewelry to a handful of boutiques as well as through home jewelry parties. After receiving a positive response, I was motivated to continue in the path of becoming my own boss and turning my hobby into a business.
What drew you to designing jewelry and where do you draw inspiration from?
Designing and creating jewelry was something that came naturally to me. I never took any classes. It was all about trial and error and I really enjoyed the challenge of figuring it out on my own. I draw my inspiration from a plethora of different avenues: travel, nature, weather, textures, and colors. Sometimes inspiration comes from a person that I admire, a hole in my wardrobe, or even a stone that I'm drawn to. While formulating a collection, I always try to incorporate the trends of the season while considering a way to make each piece timeless.
What has been your biggest career challenge to overcome so far?
Balancing motherhood and work while staying motived and rested. Being my own boss has it's positives and negatives. The positives are that I have more flexibility in my schedule, but the negatives are that it's hard to allow flexibility in my schedule without feeling like I'm slipping behind. Although I don't have to answer to a boss, I must always motivate myself to stay on track so that I don't get behind. This year I became a mom to an incredible baby girl. It was the biggest life changer for me and definitely the biggest challenge I have ever experienced. I didn't have time to take a break from work, and I also didn't have the ability to turn my brain off in order to get sleep. Sleep deprivation is a serious form of torture. I never realized how much I appreciated sleep until I went 3 months averaging 4 hours of sleep a night while trying to run my business and take care of a newborn. That being said, the biggest challenge was balancing my responsibilities as a business owner while taking on the full-time job as a mom. I have the utmost appreciation for all moms! I never realized how hard, yet rewarding, this job would be!
Where would you like to see Goldfine Jewelry in the next five years?
I would love to see Goldfine Jewelry as one of the "go to" jewelry labels in the United States. The goal is to make jewelry that everyone could use in their wardrobe while adding fun twists to the designs that allow people to wear the jewelry in more than one way. I think there is a need for this in every woman's jewelry box and I hope that women throughout the country will fulfill this need with pieces from Goldfine Jewelry.
When you're not busy being a girl boss, what are you typically up to? Any other interests?
When I'm not working, I am playing with my baby girl or hanging out with my family and friends. I love to be active and I LOVE to dance! There's an AMAZING dance class Wildhive that I try to go to as much as possible. It's the sort of class that anyone can enjoy. The positive energy in the class is contagious and you leave feeling accomplished and motivated. It's the best! When the weather is nice, you'll find me outside either taking walks or soaking in the sun!
Last but not least, who are some designers and makers out there that you think we should know about?
I could go on and on....there are so many fascinating designers and makers that I have been lucky enough to encounter. Here are the first 5 that come to mind:
1. Robyn Frank of Thumbs Cookies. Her bite-sized cookies are way too delicious to just have one, two or even three. Her personality fits this dilemma to a T....she's one of those people that you just can't get enough of!
2. Michelle Radtke Shawhan of Radtke. Her bags are something else! I'm a proud collector ;) When she's not sewing up new creations, she's running her Wedding Planning business Bloom Events....#GirlBoss
3. Becky Sturm of StormSister. She is a serious mover and shaker. She has an incredible line of organic lipsticks that are smooth like butter and the color actually stays on your lips all day. I'm kind of obsessed with the ones that I own! She also put together this amazing event for local makers called Lowertown Pop which will take place at the St. Paul Union Depot on April 9th.
4. Jessie McShane of Wool and Whisky - she hand-knits amazing scarves! They're super soft and cozy!
5. Nicole Feest of Nylon Saddle Photography. She has an incredible eye for capturing beauty in people, places and things. Her work is both thought provoking and sentimental.