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She's the Sh*t: Kylie Watts

Kylie Watts is the sh*t because she juggles a full-time job and her own business, Watts in Maine, a jewelry company featuring beautiful, classic pieces that capture the essence of Maine and also tell a story (Check that sh*t out!). Her first piece, The Perfect Catch Cuff, completely represents her brand and is formed from an essential lobsterman's tool which determines if a lobster is of legal size to keep. She is a resilient example of a rockin’ Girl Boss who has built her own, incredibly successful business all while maintaining a full-time job.

Kylie Watts, Watts in Maine, wearing a Shit That I Knit hat

City: 
Portland, ME

Favorite part of your day: 
I love preparing orders from our online store. I get so excited to see what city and state our pieces are being delivered to.

Who was your first customer (not including family members)? How did you go about getting them to buy your cuff?
Gosh, besides family/friends my first customer was k. Colette. A beautiful store in the Old Port of Portland, Maine.( I did wholesale for almost two years before opening up  my online store.) I sent them an email after noticing a write up in a local Maine Magazine. I knew the Perfect Catch Cuff was perfect for this upscale establishment. The next thing I knew I was in the store showing them the cuff and getting my first wholesale order! They have been a dream to work with since day one.

Imagine meeting the version of Kylie Watts before starting Watts In Maine. What was she like then and what advice would you give to her?
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started my own business.
I asked a few local small business owners in the area some questions to clarify if what I was doing was correct or not.
I was too concerned with pleasing everyone else and I didn't know the ropes.
My advice would have been don't compromise too much. You don't have to please everyone, because this is your business. If you feel a certain way about something, it's ok to say so.  If you can, try and find a mentor that can show you the way. To be honest, I'm a bit stubborn and prefer to do things myself, regardless of the consequences. :)

In the past month or two, what has been a challenge you’ve overcome? What has been a pat-yourself-on-the-back-moment?
I have a manufacturer for some of my jewelry pieces and I designed a piece from start to finish. The product didn't turn out the way I had hoped so we decided to pull the plug after a few months of frustration and disappointment, even though we had put a good amount of money into it. I've learned that nothing ever goes the way you planned in business.
Pat myself on the back moment:
I had a business meeting recently where they seemed surprised I was still working a full time job and doing Watts In Maine on the side. I spend more time being stressed out about how much time I don't have and never realized that I am doing pretty darn good with what I accomplish daily.

Girl Crush:
Priyanka Chopra. She is stunning and can do it all. Have you seen Quantico?!

What STIK hat style do you have and why do you love it (if you love it!):
We should do a list of which hats I don't have! I love my heather colored one the best. I think it's the Motley Beanie-goes with everything. The Ladd in cardinal is such a beautiful color though, so hard to resist!