MARIN ADVERTISERS SPEAK UP
KRISTEN “BUCKO” SINN, OWNER/PARTNER AT MARIN JEWELERS GUILD
Marin Jewelers Guild is a destination gallery in downtown San Rafael whose mission
is providing an inviting venue that fosters interaction between artists and community.
Through the work of our local artisan jeweler members and invited artists we enjoy a
shared foundation in the love of metalsmithing.
What is your competitive edge? All nine of our members are truly local artisans and we
hand-make all our jewelry. You won’t find this work anywhere else. We also do custom
designs and repairs. We enjoy developing relationships with our customers and find that
when they feel this connection and love the jewelry, they will return again and again.
Describe your dream client/customer. My dream customer is someone who will spare
no expense for a custom-designed piece and who trusts my artistic vision 100 percent.
Your thoughts regarding working with a spouse, family, or partner? We have nine
partners and since we operate as a collective, diplomacy is a necessity. Since 2000 we
have been working together learning how to run this business.
What makes your work worthwhile? It feels so great when someone tries on a piece of
jewelry I’ve made and they love it. Or even better, when you see a stranger wearing
something you’ve made.
From a business standpoint, who’s your inspiration? As a founding member I can say
that originally, a group of us (jewelry students from College of Marin) heard about a
studio opening at the new Art Works Downtown building and we opened our shop. It was
in the basement so it was slow going at first. When the storefront space opened up on
Fourth Street we jumped right in.
MARIN JEWELERS GUILD 1331 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, 415.454.2711,
LAURA KIMPTON, AR TIST AND FOUNDER AT SHE’S GOT WINGS
She’s Got Wings is designed for the sophisticated, action-oriented
woman, not afraid to express herself. The designs are powerfully
feminine, inspired by my art. The collection not only reflects my
artistic vision, but my values as well. All the clothing is designed
in the Bay Area, made locally, and uses recycled and organic
materials. From the city to the playa, these wearable art pieces are
perfect for celebration at every level, for every woman.
Describe your dream client/customer. Female, male, child —
anyone who wants to wear something different, and who embraces
my philosophy of sharing love and embracing nature and animals.
Also it’s someone who appreciates finding what we call “wearable
art,” often one-of-a-kind or originally drawn by local artists. Most
of our clothes are made in the USA, and often of recycled fabrics.
Someone who cares about the environment and has a bit of edge,
or looking to have one.
What (or who) were you going to be when you grew up? I’ve
always known that I’m an artist — I was born that way. I’ve
expressed in many different formats — as a mom, as a teacher, as
an activist, as a philanthropist. I’ve pretty much stayed true to how I
see myself and saw my life as a small child.
Which product or service (that you offer) is your favorite?
We have a direct-to-garment silk-screen machine that allows us to
work with local artists, translating their concepts and images onto
clothes. This helps broaden the impact of their vision and work,
as well as ours.
What makes your work worthwhile? Creativity, and the creativity
of others. The energy of the space in our store in Fairfax is one that
really embraces whoever comes in. Anyone who comes to the store
is surrounded by beauty, by art and more.
SHE’S GOT WINGS
7 BOLINAS AVENUE, FAIRFAX, 415.755.4964, SHESGOTWINGS.COM