We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Chamberlain and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Having personal relationships with loyal clients, a supportive community and giving back is the driving force behind the success of Urbane Cole. Before COVID-19 hit, I went through training/educational classes of human sex trafficking and was setup to volunteer weekly at a local safe house in hopes of teaching survivors how to create and make their own jewelry. The goal is to bring awareness to this epidemic and to actually do something about it! If I can help one woman see the light at the end of a dark tunnel, well, then that’s a HUGE success I’d say.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Urbane Cole is statement jewelry from vintage up cycling to customization. I love taking old, tired jewelry and breathing life into it. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I offered a complimentary up cycling service to my clients and Instagram followers. They sent me their unworn, tired jewelry, and I repurposed it into one-of-a-kind pieces. Hopefully leaving them feeling lighter, brighter and a little bolder. I’m just excited and grateful to be my own boss. I get to choose who to do business with and where to conduct my company. I think I’m most proud of the collaborations with Abi Ferrin (Dallas Fashion Designer), Origin’s (NorthPark Center), Chantecaille (Neiman Marcus Fort Worth/NorthPark), and The Serve Shop (Rockwall, TX). These are company’s that give-back to their communities, the rainforest and planet. They have a strong moral compass, a pulse, and beating heart. I really respect that prospect in a business. Urbane Cole is absolutely a gift to my life yet is not easy. A rigid, disciplined routine and self accountability are imperative for productivity. It ensures my creative process stays consistently flowing. If I fall out of my routine for too long then I become miserable. I’ll wallow for a day at the most then I’ll take action and tell on myself to my spiritual mentor. The support network I have is incredible! I wouldn’t be able to walk through life’s challenges without them. The main focus for the brand Urbane Cole is moving rapidly toward supporting local artists through designer collaborations, purchasing stones and beads specifically made in the U.S.A., and teaching/educating sex trafficking survivors how to deal with trauma, to develop skills and to create jewelry.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Our first stop we’d go to the Tea Spot Cafe in Rockwall, TX for lavender tea and cinnamon togas. Olga, the owner is so amazing! Across the street is The Serve Shop by Hallie. You’ll find eclectic boutique clothing, ethically sources goods, products made in U.S.A., and paletas.
For breakfast it’s Jarum’s artisan donuts (on Greenville Avenue) and Watkins in Nevada, TX for southern biscuits and gravy. Then Ojeda’s for Mexican and Bisous Bisous Patisserie- the best macarons in town! We’d probably circle back to these places because I’m a creature of habit and enjoy supporting small businesses.
Next, Black Optical to invest in some new eyewear. The eyewear selection is exclusive and the style variations are so versatile. It’s the ultimate customer experience.
Lastly, The Botanical Garden is a must-see. The green scenery and flowers get me every time. Who doesn’t enjoy walking in a magical garden in the great city of Dallas?! A place that freely gives creative inspiration and leaves you feeling uplifted and lighter.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Serve Shop by Hallie B deserves all the love! Hallie and her amazing team of women Amiee and Kelsey are beasts of encouragement. They’ve supported the Urbane Cole brand from the very beginning. The Serve Shop located in Rockwall, TX quite literally SERVES the community, supports local artists and sells ethically made brands. What I admire most about Hallie is her consistency in taking action, passion and what she authentically represents. You can feel all of this when you walk into the boutique as her positivity radiates and bounces off the walls. I feel so honored to have my brand at The Serve Shop and love being a witness to Hallie’s creative-business ways. She walks the walk and has built something truly amazing!
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