This Jewelry Designer Turned $500 Into a Multimillion-Dollar Business

Nicole Kliest

About a month ago, I took a trip down to Austin, Texas, with a handful of other journalists to visit jewelry designer Kendra Scott. Her business is based in the Lone Star State, which, as one can expect, makes for a not-so-run-of-the-mill experience. During my brief time spent there (mostly indoors; it’s hellishly hot in Austin right now), I explored the inner workings of a company that quite literally began with $500 in an attic.

Fast-forward 14 years, and Kendra Scott runs a multimillion-dollar business that boasts not only $160 million in revenue for the year prior but also a widespread philanthropic program that in that same year gave back $1.4 million and donated 60,000 pieces of jewelry. Suffice it to say, there’s no stopping Kendra Scott. Scroll down to read more about how and why the designer got to where she is from our exclusive interview with her!

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