Style Spotlight: Carmen of Broken Limits

I've had the pleasure of meeting this young entrepreneur a couple of years back when I did my very first networking event with a mutual friend (Kay of firstclassglam MUA check her out!). She's one I admire because she works hard and she is consistent! I do often look to her for motivation for my own brands. She was also one the vendors for my Mingling with Mi networking event last year and I'm glad that we're still connected. Everyone meet Carmen:

What are 3 words to describe you?

Hardworking. Passionate. Creative

For those who don't know, what is Broken Limits? How did you come up with the name?

Broken Limits is a handcrafted jewelry brand that creates beaded creations with remnants of African roots. The name “Broken Limits” was created with the mindset that you shouldn’t let anything or anyone determine what you can and cannot do. It applies to everything you do in life. And it applies to everything you stand for. If someone says you can’t do it. Prove them wrong. Break down those barriers they have created for you – and thrive.

When did you decide to take the leap and start your own business?

I started out making bracelets in 2013 as a way to save up money for school. I realized I enjoyed making jewelry so started looking into making other products; necklaces, rings and more. I turned my hobby into a business in 2015. That’s when I started taking Broken Limits to the next level. I created a website, added more products and started vending at events. I still count the previous years though. That process played an important role in what Broken Limits is today. 

What's your biggest challenge at the moment? Greatest accomplishment?

Right now my biggest challenge is time management. As an entrepreneur you wear many hats. You are the creator and the administrator. You manage social media and respond to customer inquiries. You package orders and drop it off at the post office. Learning to balance it all at once can be difficult.

My greatest accomplishment is never giving up the will to learn. You can’t progress if you refuse to better yourself. I’ve done that for my business and on a personal level as well.

Social media tends to glamorize entrepreneurship. What's been your experience?

You can’t rush your glow up. If you’re too busy looking here and there you slowly start to compare and start to become someone you’re not. Be clear about your goals and be honest about what is and isn’t working. Failure will happen. Being true to yourself is one of the most important things you can do when that happens. 

Clearly, Africa is your main influence when creating your jewelry. Why is that important to you?

Today, everyone is embracing African cultures, but you have to remember that it wasn’t always like that. There were so many negative stereotypes and while growing up I experienced it first hand. “Broken Limits” is based upon the fact that I wanted to take part in breaking down the barriers of the way people thought about Africa - the way people thought about me. 

The jewelry I create is based on my eclectic style. I was born in Congo, but grew up in America. The mixture of modern jewelry with afrocentric vibes are a reflection of how I see myself.

Advice to a younger Carmen?

Be more open to people and to the world. I’m an introvert. So putting myself out there and talking to people about my business is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. It is a fear I am slowly getting over because how else will people know about my business if I don’t talk about it? Because of this process, I have grown in a better individual and business woman.  

Where do you hope to take Broken Limits?

I hope to have Broken Limits in more retail stores. I feel that is the best way to get the word out about the brand. I also plan to hire someone to do tasks I need help with. Hosting more jewelry workshops on a much more consistent basis is a goal of mine as well. 

Support your local businesses! Keep up with Carmen and check out her fabulous pieces!

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Hello fellow fashion lovers I'm MiMi! Haitian girl hailing from CT, continuing my journey in front of the camera and behind the pen .
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