Kerry creates the most gorgeous on trend handmade earrings from an amazing material called Cork leather selling them via her fab website Trend Tonic. This totally natural material is vegan, eco-friendly and easily recycled so is the perfect medium to create these earrings. The designs are stunning too, from studs to dangly earrings you’ll find just the right thing to compliment your outfit.
I honestly don’t know which design I prefer more, a pair of gorgeous wine-coloured studs or the zebra print leaf earrings! There is so much choice and you’ll want to show them off to all your mates.
How did you come up with your business name?
I originally started my business in hospital and on a lot of morphine! I called it TTs because it sounded funny at the time! Down the line when I was known as TTs I needed a better name that started with T and T! My brother in law came up with Trend Tonic and I absolutely loved it!
What is your favourite product?
Oh that changes weekly! Currently it’s the hug me stars!
What is your favourite biscuit?
I’m coeliac so it’s the gluten free triple chocolate cookies!
What is your background?
Pre-children I worked within the social, education and medical fields as a transition support worker for children with life limiting or life threatening illnesses. I also trained as a special effects make up artist and ran workshops in face-painting and costume making!
Where did you start and where are you now?
I started making earrings in my living room and still make them in there! I have updated and created a better work space though!
What’s your favourite business moment?
Maybe the most exciting thing to have happen for my business so far is being published in red magazine. Having people recognise the hard work that goes into creating each product but also the background work in creating and maintaining a website, social media, packaging and posting items around 2 children
How did you come across Vegan Cork?
I was trying to find a non plastic vegan alternative to leather. Normal faux leather is made of plastic and not a good alternative! Lots of research led me to cork!
Tell me about a time that you messed up. How did you fix it?
I once sent the wrong earrings to the wrong people! I made them all new ones so they got a freebie
How do you market your business?
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Be original! Also be patient!