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Meet Samantha Barrett-Rogers of SoundChick Accessories in South Side/Morgan Park-Beverly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Barrett-Rogers.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started creating feather accessories kind of by accident, I really just wanted to re-create a mate to a pair of feather earrings I lost. I was living in New York City at the time and was already traveling back home to sell accessories to friends and family in Chicago and was frequently in the wholesale shopping district in NY. One day, found some feather materials and I fell in love with feathers and over the last 15 years, I have been committed to my craft and have designed such a wide range various accessories specializing in feathers.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Absolutely not. Being multi-talented is challenging because in addition to my jewelry design I also do the 99 percent of my digital marketing, including product photography, website maintenance, etc. and I do it well. It’s difficult to delegate tasks even when I have to opportunity to do so. It can be hard for me to manage all of these things and can create a mental burn out. Staying encouraged and hopeful In a world that is tough to break in can be tough because it’s truly a faith walk being a small business owner. Access to funding is a challenge at times, so that I can do things hire people to take the weight off but at the same time it’s a blessing because I also use these skills to help friends and others with small business marketing needs.

Please tell us about SoundChick Accessories.
SoundChick Accessories is a distinctive accessories brand that produces the finest quality, visually artistic and culturally inspired couture accessories and designs. SoundChick Accessories include the popular Chick Feather Earrings; made of Dyed and Natural Peacock, Rooster, Turkey and other exotic feathers. The natural beauty and unique pattern in each feather have introduced unconventionally and culturally inspired use of color to the artistic and high fashion jewelry pieces. SoundChick Accessories are the perfect accessory to your entire wardrobe from casual to formal wear, yet add an earthy accent to your fashion sense. The uniqueness of each feather undeniably makes each piece of jewelry timeless and one of a kind. SoundChick Accessories also creates custom designs by request including Bridal Accessories.

SoundChick Accessories specializes in jewelry, accessories designs with feathers and we are specifically known feather accessories designs our most popular, feather earrings and feather bow-ties. I am most proud of my work appealing to an international audience having the opportunity to for my designs to be featured in London Fashion Week events in 2014 which led to quite a few other international stylists and blogger collaborations. What sets us apart from others is our innovation longevity in feather accessories design and extensive knowledge of the pure beauty and anatomy of feathers.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn’t do anything differently honestly. I have learned to embrace my journey because I can help others along the way. If I didn’t have my story to tell I wouldn’t be of any service others in this area. If I had to change anything early on seriously it would be to separate my emotions from my art in terms of business but that’s usually the hardest part for artists.

Pricing:

  • Feather Earrings $15 – $75
  • Feather Bow-Ties $50 – $150
  • Feather Rings $20 – $45
  • Custom Order Consultation $50 Deposit
  • Custom Bridal Orders $125 +

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Image Credit:

Ashley Brown for BrownRice Online Photography, Joyce Visuals, Samantha Barrett Digital Product Photography, Steven Harrison Brown Photography, The Fashionisto Magazine – Carlos David

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