Small Biz Spotlight #2: AlicexLizzy

The original post that started all of this off was Small Businesses You Can Support TodayΒ and I wanted to expand on that, so here we are. Each month, I’ll be sharing an insightful interview with the founder of a small business that has taken my interest and I want more people to know about. If you have a small business or know of a really great one,Β get in touch with me! Today, I’m talking to Alice, founder of AlicexLizzy.

I found this little business on Twitter, and it really is small and new at only a month old! I purchased some earrings a couple of weeks ago and have loved wearing them and received lots of compliments.

@laurenholliefitness

INTERVIEW WITH THE FOUNDER

How did AlicexLizzy come about?
I’m a fashion student about to start my final year and accessories is a big part of my work alongside the actual garments. Something as simple as earrings can make or break an outfit so after being in fashion for just over 4 years I feel like I know a thing or two about earrings. After finishing my menswear collection at the beginning of June, I was left with nothing to do but I still had the urge to design and produce something. After a trip to Hobbycraft I spent hours playing around with different designs, colours and shapes. I initially only intended to make earrings for myself or the occasional friend or family member but after posting a picture on my Instagram I had a few people wanting to buy a pair and that’s how AlicexLizzy started!
How long was the idea in your head before it actually launched?
The idea wasn’t in my head for long at all! I work as a machinist for a small business so I know about the struggles small business owners have to deal with and how hard it is to be successful with your business. I’ve never wanted to be my own boss even when people joked about me having my own design label after finishing my fashion degree but once my Depop and Etsy starting gaining more attention I got so excited and just wanted to work harder.
What’s the hardest part of running your own business?
The hardest thing for me is being able to juggle my job while keeping up with orders, new styles and the marketing side of my business. People won’t understand how much time and effort goes into a small Etsy store. Everything you see on my social media is completely done by me. I spend hours printing out my business cards that need to be backed onto card and then cut out ready for me to punch holes into them.
What do you wish other people knew about being a small business?
One thing that many people don’t consider is that the person behind the business has probably got a full time job so don’t get frustrated if they don’t reply to you straight away or if the delivery is longer than other places.
clay earrings
Do you use influencer marketing? What has your experience with that been?
Influncer Marketing is something I haven’t tried yet but may do in the future. I see it being helpful often but I do understand the dark side of it.
What is one thing people might not know about the business?
One thing people might not know about my business is that it’s only a month old! I’ve put so much time and effort into it, so it’s great seeing it grow.
Are there any small businesses you’ve supported or discovered recently?
I’m in love with Violet Vintage not only because of the beautiful clothes and accessories they sell but because that everything is second hand. Fast fashion is something I am too familiar with as a fashion student. Around 350,000 tonnes of clothing was sent to landfill last year in the UK and this is something that need to be addressed. Shopping sustainable is vital for the future of our planet and shops like Violet Vintage is leading the way.

WHAT TO DO NEXT

Check out AlicexLizzy on Etsy

Follow her store on Depop

Follow AlicexLizzy on Instagram

Follow AlicexLizzy on Twitter (check out her pinned tweet to enter a giveaway that ends on 5th August!)


Did you see last month’s post about Cocabana? Click here to read!

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31 Comments

  1. I absolutely love Alice’s earrings – I bought from her on Depop when she first started out and have had so many compliments from others when wearing them! I wish her every success; thanks for sharing her story.

    Paige // Paige Eades

    1. I’ve had lots of compliments on mine too! Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

  2. wow, what an inspiring lady! It’s so awesome hearing stories from small business owners on their way to the big time! Very awesome – proud of you Alice! Keep up the hard work!

    1. Thank you for reading and leaving such a lovely comment!

  3. Those earrings are so lovely! Have such an 80’s vibe to them! Great post and good idea to share little brands! Shopping small is the way forward

    1. Shopping small is definitely the way forward, can’t wait to do it more!

  4. Awesome post and cute earrings!!

  5. Those earrings are gorgeous. Love that you’re sharing small brands πŸ’ž

    1. Agreed! Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

  6. What fun earrings! Wishing AliceXLizzy every success πŸ™‚

  7. I’ve seen Alice’s earrings all over social media and they’re really so cute! She really is very talented!
    🌿 Marissa Belle Γ— marsybun.com 🌿

  8. Thanks for this! It’s nice to read about inspirational stories of small business owners because there’s always something to learn from them.

    1. I agree! Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

  9. I love Alice’s earrings. I definitely need to pick some up!

    1. they’re gorgeous aren’t they!

  10. I’m so happy when I see people achieving their dreams and goals! Thank you for sharing this with us, it’s truly inspirational.

    1. me too – thank you for reading!

  11. I follow this business on Twitter and I am seriously obsessed. Been telling myself I’m buying a pair earrings the second I get my paycheck lol

  12. Love this! Followed them on Insta!

  13. I’ve been seeing these earrings all over ‘blogger twitter’ recently so its great to hear a bit more about the backstory. I’m definitely buying a few pairs on payday x

    Roni | myelevatedexistence.com

  14. Those earrings are beautiful…such a talented artist! Will definitely be looking into other earrings they make!
    Thanks for sharing, its always interesting to read about the person behind the business and get their backstory!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

    1. Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

  15. This is actually the second or third time I’ve heard about this shop in the last couple of days, so she’s definitely gaining momentum, which is amazing for a newer shop. Her earrings are adorable!! I’m glad you got a chance to do an interview with her.

    1. That’s amazing to hear, glad you enjoyed it!

  16. All these earrings are super cute!!

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