Q & A with Kimberly Chung, Founder of Unyé

What's your daily mantra?

Trust yourself - be all you can be.

What are some of your lesson learned this year that you think would be helpful to share with other small creative businesses?

Keep your head up and stay positive - don't give up! There are a lot of obstacles to encounter and you need to stay strong and not yourself get too wrapped up in your head. Obstacles happen but it only pushes you to find a better solution!

How does collaboration factor into your creative process?

You can get wrapped up in your own tunnel vision when starting off on your own. Getting feedback from others is incredibly helpful as it only pushes you to do make something better and stronger.

What’s the most unique part of your making process?

Despite how beautiful the final end product becomes, the labor behind the scenes can at times become chaotic explosions of leather, glue, and sketching. Ok, 95% of the time.

What is a community to you?

A community is a support system that shares common perspectives, interests and goals. You have similar attitudes and empower each other.

What's something that you'd like to incorporate into your schedule that you can't right now?

Vacation!

Where do you see retail environment transform in the next few years?

It's incredible to read about all the predictions about retail. I think online growth will continue strongly, but I feel the market will become so flooded with digital presence that the consumer will yearn for the store experience. I still believe in brick & mortar retail and personally still enjoy discovering new items and emotionally connecting with it in person. No one will ever be able to take that away and I think the new generations will take a few steps back to rediscover it.

Who is the biggest hero in your journey and why?

I am incredibly lucky to have a strong family to look up to as entrepreneurship was our way of life.  I was able to have first hand experience as a young child of working in trade shows and product development. Each item in the line is named after a member of my family as they've been supportive of my creative path from the moment they handed me a pencil, some paper and allowing me to dream.