Today’s Faschinn Feature is a childhood friend of mine Olayinka Oni-Orisan, also known as Yinka for short. Yinka and I grew up together in CT and little did we know that we would both be working in the fashion industry as designers. She is a jewelry designer of two lines, Akeyno and Yinka Orisan. She started Akeyno when she was in high school and Yinka Orisan is her fine jewelry line, which she launched about a year ago. With this interview I decided to pick her brain little and give you guys the opportunity to get to know her better.
What do you enjoy the most about being a jewelry designer?
I love being able to create pieces that my clients can connect to. I see jewelry as a piece of art that can evoke a emotion, whether it be buying yourself a piece to add the finishing touches to an outfit or requesting a custom piece to be made for a special event. The best feeling in the world is seeing someone wearing a piece of jewelry I designed.
What is your advice to emerging entrepreneurs about overcoming challenges in business?
Never be afraid to ask others in your industry for advice or their option to get a fresh perspective on an issue.
What is the best business advice you’ve received?
The best business advice I’ve received it to focus on building relationships. With your customers, suppliers and even people you don’t know. It’s a small world and technology only makes it smaller.
What is a book that changed your life?
So the Alchemist changed my life because of the way the author beautifully illustrated through a story, that fear is a bigger obstacle than the obstacle itself and any dream worth chasing most likely involves something you are naturally good at doing.
What is a financial tip you would give to emerging entrepreneurs that has helped you?
It’s important to cut costs as much as you can when starting your business, especially to help you build a 3-4 month savings of operating expenses to get you through the rough times.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, what are your favorite?
I love podcasts! There is so much rich knowledge to gain by taking 10 to 15 minutes out of your day to learn something new. My favorite podcasts that I currently listen to are My Taught You by Myleik Teele (founder of Curlbox), Hustle Sold Separately, Flourish & Thrive and Entrepreneurship Lifestyle.
What top 5 apps help keep you organized and on track in business?
iPhone Notes, iPhone Reminders, iPhone Calendar, DropBox and Shopify app
I hope you enjoyed this feature as much as I enjoyed learning some new things about my friend Yinka! If you want to know more about Yinka below are ways to find her:
Yinka Orisan Jewelry line: here
Akeyno Jewelry line: here