Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Solano.
Hi Angela, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
Pria was born out of the need to help my sister during a difficult time in Colombia. Back in 2019, hard times hit my older sister and her family in Bogotá, Colombia. After becoming a newly single mom, with economic hardship, and a child that needed treatment due to a rare syndrome he was diagnosed with in 2019, she was determined to find a way to support her family financially. But she needed to find something that would allow her to take her child to therapy and be with her other children. While she was at home, she crafted jewelry on the side as a hobby. I knew that I needed to support her, not only emotionally, but also financially, and then everything clicked. We decided to partner up!
I started selling our designs here in San Antonio at the PopUp markets and at the same time, I posted our first earrings on an online marketplace when a boutique discovered us and ended up buying most of them, which were sold out within a month. After seeing the popularity and sale success, we received our first wholesale order ever. We got so excited and to fulfill our new bulk order on time, we recruited additional skilled artisan ladies who could help us to make pieces in volume.
Now, in our business, I get to work alongside my sister and other hard-working artisan women (mostly single moms like my sister) while providing fun, unique, handcrafted earrings, woven fashion hats, embroidered headbands, and beaded bags for our Customers. Our work is direct-trade and business is blooming – We sell our accessories at PopUp Markets, San Antonio Rodeo, and Boutiques, and can ship them anywhere in the USA. We are currently able to support more than 15 women from Colombia and also from Venezuela who has emigrated to Colombia to seek a livelihood. So now we can not only support my family but also artisans from different regions to provide for themselves and their families.
I feel very grateful every day knowing that I get to serve such incredible women. Not only by providing customers with stunning Colombian-inspired products, but also by empowering my female-led community of artisans.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I wasn’t prepared for the time, energy, and sacrifice this was going to require. You have to have fire in your belly. But what I do gives me a lot of satisfaction. Helping other women and accessorizing women through our unique and authentic rich culture is a euphoric feeling.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Some people call me Pria, which I love and am proud of, but actually, Pria comes from the P for Paola (my older sister’s name) and “RIA” for Valeria, my sister’s oldest daughter, who are the reason behind the foundation of my business.
At Pria, We are proud of using exquisite stone/beading work and colorful thread that help to highlight the beautiful shape of the earrings. We also use tiny beads called Miyuki which make our accessories light and comfortable to wear. Their versatile design can be worn with a casual outfit or for a dressy occasion.
We design and share ideas within our team of artisans and strive to work with quality products such as lightweight materials, bronze with 18k and 24k gold-plated, and hypoallergenic materials.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I have learned that a company has to adapt and cannot be stagnant doing the same things. I learned that as companies we must adapt to changes.
In the beginning, when I created my business in January 2020, I was thinking of doing PopUp markets in person, but the pandemic came, and instead, I learned to develop my own website, my social media accounts, make phone calls, communicate by email, to convey my ideas virtually, and that doing business online was just as important as doing business in person.
- Our Prices are really reasonable. They range from $15-$50 for earrings, $25-$42 for headbands, $49-$118 for hats, and $35-$110 for beaded bags.
- Website: https://priaaccessories.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pria_handmade_accessories/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/priahandmadeaccessories