Chrissy Weems is the co-founder and CEO of Origami Owl, a jewelry company based in Arizona. Origami Owl is a direct selling company whose brand ambassadors bring the sparkle of customized jewelry to their friends, family, and business contacts. Weems attended Arizona State University where she studied studio art and interior design. Her deep interest in the arts fuels her passion for creating jewelry and a beautiful lifestyle.
Weems started the business with her 14-year-old daughter Bella in 2010. Together with her mother, Bella designed unique and lovely jewelry pieces for sale. The idea to start a multi-level marketing firm came later on.
Weems is a strong advocate for women in business. She supports the Chrissy Weems Scholarship, dedicated to the advancement of high school and college students throughout the country. Along with her passion for helping women succeed in business, Weems and Origami Owl are dedicated to making the world a better place. Their company mission states that Origami Owl is a “Force for Good.”
Origami Owl’s products range from charms and lockets to bracelets and rings. Each product is fully customizable, with attachments and crystals sold separately. Their signature item, the Living Locket, can be customized in thousands of ways. The company is now licensed to produce Harry Potter-themed jewelry.
Chrissy Weems is an important part of the American business landscape. Together with Origami Owl, she brings an artistic charm and solid fundamentals to the forefront of her business.
1. How did you get the idea to start your company?
The genesis of the idea came from my daughter Bella. She wanted us to buy a car for her, but we told her that she needed to come up with the money herself. I suggested that she start a business. It took Bella some time to think of an idea, but she created Origami Owl on her own. She purchased components for her jewelry and assembled them into custom pieces. She was able to run a kiosk at the mall selling her jewelry.
As the business took off, my husband and I became more involved with the day-to-day operations. Eventually, I was able to take over full-time as CEO of the company while my daughter remains a co-founder. This company has completely reshaped our family’s future.
I am proud to say that Bella bought a car on her own after we had been in business for a short time.
2. What are your strengths as a business owner?
I am always open to suggestions and thoughts from my employees. I believe that one person alone can’t run a business. Input and feedback are crucial to success.
I have an innate artistic sense, which was honed in college. I have an eye for beautiful things, and I find it easy to help the creative team design lovely new jewelry for our customers.
My personal code of conduct means that I am a ‘Force for Good.’ We adopted this as our company motto some time ago. Whatever we do in our business, I want that to be the right thing for our community and for the world. Citizenship is a crucial part of our business model.
3. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I spend time with my husband and five beautiful children. We love to entertain. Weekend evenings often find us with a group of friends and family. We live in Arizona, and we like to take advantage of the natural wonders of the area. I also enjoy visiting art museums; when we travel, the art museum is my first stop. I enjoy finding inspiration in classic and modern pieces of art.
4. What is one piece of business advice you can give to our readers?
Never be afraid to take a leap of faith. Be sure you research your idea fully before you start out, but believe in yourself and your ideas. Don’t let the naysayers get you down.
5. If you had the opportunity to do it all over again, would you change anything?
I wouldn’t. I love the way our business has turned out. It’s been supporting our family and the families of our employees for years. I love the input from our Ambassadors and their tireless hard work that keeps our business running. Our marketing partnerships, like Harry Potter, are so exciting. I hope to continue partnering with more popular brands in the future.
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