In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am featuring the remainder of my Sweet Lemon Magazine interview with the All-American midwestern sweetheart, Kelsea Slade.

Kelsea jumped at the opportunity to launch K.slademade when she discovered a gap in the handbag market.  Her designs are simple, classic, functional & high quality… and did I mention that all of her handbags and accessories are handmade in the USA?

Be sure to support K.slademade and receive 20% off with promo code “smallbiz20” through Monday, November 26!

I love your brand… as I had mentioned in my introduction with you, colorful leather clutches are a major weakness of mine.  Tell us how K.slademade came to life!

After working in the corporate world for a year I was ready for a change. I knew I wanted to be my own boss while pursuing my passion for fashion.

What were you doing before K.slademade?

I finished my undergrad and pretty quickly began a job working in Human Resources.

What ultimately made you decide to launch your own business? 

Working for myself has always been a dream but I think ultimately my husband’s encouragement is what made me decide to go for it. 

I see your pieces everywhere- more recently in an issue of OK Magazine – congratulations!  Now what, in your opinion, has been K.slademade’s greatest accomplishment to date?

Truthfully, the publicity is great but I would say that just being in business for two years is a great accomplishment. Beyond that, looking forward to work every day while still being able to contribute to my household income is a huge success for me. There are a lot of societal pressures on women these days that can make it hard to enjoy our day-to-day lives. Loving what I do and enjoying my work has always been very important to me, so I try to stay conscious of it and not let the pressure of “success” weigh me down. 

How large is the K.slademade team?

For now it’s my beautiful sister and I. I brought her on earlier this year to help me keep up with the workload and she has been such an answer to prayer! 

Where is your dream location for K.slademade to be sold?

Australia! That will give me a good excuse to go visit.  All.The.Time!

When you actually have some downtime, what can we find you doing?

My husband is a huge UT fan, so this time of the year we find ourselves frequenting the University of Tennessee many weekends! I’m a homebody, though, so I’m happy to put on a pot of soup, curl up with Monty (our pup), and watch some NFL from the sofa.

What are five things you can’t you live without?

1.  My wonderful husband

2.  Monty (my Chocolate lab)

3.  My iPhone

4.  A comfy pair of sweats

5.  Morning coffee

When you were five years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

FBI agent. No really, it’s true.

We all want to know… what’s it like being your own boss?  What are some of the pros and cons?

Well the pros are obvious: I get to make my own rules! And the cons: I am responsible for absolutely EVERYTHING that goes on here.

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