meet cristina of cristina v
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
Founder of Cristina V. (my first child), wife to Wesquire (college sweetheart), and mother to Paige (the best 17 month old)!
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A MAKER?
I began making jewelry when I was a little girl - about 7 years old. Went to Boston College to study business and had the itch to start my own, so I did from my dorm room in 2016. The rest is history.
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?
The thing that makes our jewelry the best is the people behind it. Besides the fact that we are made in New York, we pride ourselves on old-fashioned customer service. I believe that if you succeed at service (and you have a great product) the rest will fall into place.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE.
Well... my workspace is the basement of my childhood home. We have a small space down there with workbenches. We do have a production house in the city that makes our bigger orders.
TELL US ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND YOUR PRODUCTS?
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Long Island, NY. Love the energy of NY and how direct and honest people are - no BS! It makes doing business easy and fun.
WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
Growth. This past January our sales were 6x that of January last year - this has me pumped and determined to keep it up.
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Hmm... how to sew could be cool... how to sign language... how to program and code so that I wouldn't have to bug my amazing web team in WI all the time.
COFFEE OR TEA?
Coffee - 100%!
I have recently been into cold brew, but have loved Americano's since I was in high school. Only, I take a healthy choice and make it not so healthy by adding cream. Too good!
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
My husband says 'I thrive at night' and he is correct. What I love about working late at night is that there aren't any distractions so I can really get into a solid work flow. Sometimes I have to force myself to stop and go to bed!
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?
Love music and many different kinds - it sets the tone and makes any task enjoyable.
SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.
- My birthday is on Christmas Day.
- I lived on a sailboat for 3 weeks and almost grew dreads.
- I'm on the verge of being a workaholic - I get natural highs from exciting new things.
- I never got sick when I was pregnant (or even felt sick)!
- I think my daughter is the coolest kid in the world.