Total loan: $10,000
Bend, OR, United States / Retail
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A loan helped upgrade a busy but outdated website, hire an admin/office person and purchase inventory to grow our popular Bronwens Global Market.
Bronwen Lodato has been making jewelry for as long as she can remember. She grew up on a cherry orchard in central Oregon and, between changing sprinkler lines with her family, she spent her time free roaming the hills around their homestead for interesting objects to string on fishing line. Her inspiration to start a business stems from a life lived in motion. The idea began in her 20’s while instructing backcountry expeditions for Outward Bound; Bronwen began fielding requests for jewelry that was strong enough to withstand the rigors of the outdoors but still be delicate enough to feel feminine. An early seed was planted and 12 years later she launched the Bronwen Jewelry brand in 2008. Since then, the artisan brand has been steadily growing and is today the leader in an “Active Jewelry” category that the Bronwen brand pioneered. Bronwen herself is fueled by outdoor adventure to stoke her creativity and world travel to inform her collections. Bronwen and her incredibly loveable and talented team work happily out of their sunny studio in downtown Bend, Oregon.