I first met Denz and Co. founder Kate Bordessa at the Bowerbird Market early last year. She had this exquisite selection of enamel earrings with a glistening sheen to it and presented with some of the most playful combinations of colors I had ever seen. Ever since, I have put in orders with Kate through her website to get my hands on ear candy that has been a revolutionary game-changer and brought a whole new meaning to adding the ‘wow’ factor to my overall look. Whether it’s a casual look or a more sophisticated look that I go for, chances are that 95% of the time, I’ll be going for a pair of Denz and Co. earrings, which attracts 100% of the attention, every single time.
Having supported Kate and her business in every way I can (however small it may be), I am so excited to see her return to the upcoming Bowerbird Market (May 3 – 5) and there’s absolutely no doubt that I’ll be picking up some more beauties to add to my ever-growing collection of Denz and Co. jewellery. Since last seeing Kate, I have only fallen more and more in love with her impeccable skill of not only creating statement jewellery, but expanding her skills in ways that leave me speechless and in awe for all the right reasons. If you haven’t checked out her recent collaborations, then I’d highly suggest that you jump on her Instagram page and witness the progression of her range (be warned though – if you like loud and character-filled accessories, you’re going to get hooked)!
In anticipation of her participation at Bowerbird, I was able to conduct an e-interview with Kate about her business – have a read of our exchange below:
Tema: Can you please tell us a bit about yourself, Kate?
Kate: My name is Kate Bordessa, I live in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with my husband Luke and son Denzil who is 9. I was born in London and emigrated to Australia when I was 12. I love drinking coffee, i’m a cancerian and my favourite colour is blue.
Tema: What inspired you to open up your own business?
Kate: Luke and I were ski bums living and working in the french alps, when I turned 30 I felt the urge to try and ‘get my shit together’. We moved back to Australia and gave it a go. There have been lots of highs and as many lows but we love it.
Tema: How did it go from being a concept to a reality?
Kate: Markets! Making things and getting out there and getting feedback, fine tuning and lots of fails.
Tema: What made you focus on creating enamel copper earrings in particular?
Kate: I had always done enamelling as a hobby, I started making some for friends and it went from there.
Tema: What does the creative process look like?
Kate: I just make what I feel like making mostly. I get bored easily so coming up with new things all the time keeps me happy.
Tema: How would you describe your style of jewellery to someone who is new to your product range?
Kate: There is something for everyone, if you love earrings, you’ll love Denz 😉
Tema: I’ve been following your work for the last 2 years and have seen you soar with your range of products available on your website. Most recently, I’ve been keeping an eye out on your colorful collaborations that you’ve been doing with other businesses – can you tell us more about them, please?
Kate: Collabs are THE BEST! It can be isolating working from a home studio, working with other creatives is fun and challenging. A great way to get to know someone. We are currently working on a really fun collab with a Brisbane based clothing company and also 2 other collabs with Australian artists who I love, can’t wait to show you.
Tema: How do you decide on what color combinations would work best, when creating your beautiful earrings?
Kate: I made up little enamelled pieces with all the different colours I use. When I’m feeling stuck on a colour choice, I just arrange with them until I find a combination I’m loving that day.
Tema: How did you get involved with the Bowerbird Market?
Kate: I lived in Adelaide in the late 90s for a few years, I was really into the food & wine industry and Adelaide seemed like a perfect fit. When I started doing design markets, I heard about Bowerbird through friends, I was so excited to be accepted, it’s definitely one of our favourite events and a great reason to come back to SA for a visit.
Tema: What are you anticipating from the market space?
Kate: Highly curated, beautiful and exciting space as always.
Tema: Are there any other markets that you make a regular appearance at? If so, can you highlight some of them?
Kate: We love attending Finders Keepers as well as The Big Design Market.
Tema: What do you enjoy most about running your own business?
Kate: We are able to spend time with our son and fit work in around the hectic schedule of a 9yr old boy.
Tema: What do you think helps your business stand out from the rest in your industry?
Kate: It’s certainly a tough industry.. I try to create new stuff all the time, I have a lot of repeat customers, so I feel I really need to keep evolving. Doing events like Bowerbird allows us to chat directly with customers, we get great feedback and often use customer requests/suggestions as a way to evolve organically.
Tema: What has been rewarding / challenging about running your own business?
Kate: Luke and I have been self employed for 12 years now. Being able to generate an income that supports us and our mortgage is as rewarding as it is challenging. Every time I sell a pair of earrings it’s a real buzz, even a little pair, it’s a wonderful feeling and it keeps me going.
Tema: Is there anything else that you’d like your customers to know about you and your business?
Kate: Only that we love each and every one of you and your support means the world to us!