Today we’d like to introduce you to April Cuyler.
Hi April, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Well to let you know a bit about myself, I’m from Orlando FL, born and raise. I stumbled upon this journey about 8 or 9 years ago, embellishing and personalizing phone cases for friends and family. I was so excited about this newfound hobby that I started posting my work on social media. I didn’t think anything about the posts or that people would actually want to buy things from me! The phone cases took off pretty fast, and before I knew it, I was shipping phone cases all over the United States! To me, it is still a hobby. It’s soothing for me, a way to unwind after work. Before I knew it, I was blinging water bottles, phone cases, tablet cases, phone chargers, shoes, grad caps. You name it!! Now today, I don’t get many requests for phone cases, but my most popular items are the kid’s shoes. I currently teach kindergarten, but Glitzy Accessories is my heart. My vision for this business is to expand into all areas of crafting and create unique personalized items of all kinds. I love what I do!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has certainly not been an easy road. A bout 4 years ago I nearly lost my life. I was hospitalized for a Sickel Cell crisis and ended up going in to respiratory failure and renal kidney failure. I was in a coma for a couple of weeks not knowing what the outcome would be. When I came out, I no longer knew how to use my limbs. I was devistated and depression set in. I was hopeless and didn’t know if I would be able to work again let alone craft again. With physical therapy and family support, I was able to rebuild and come back better than ever. It’s still a struggle to this day trying to balance my day job and the business. There are times where I pull all-nighters to make sure I meet deadlines or make sure my customers get their shoes in time for their wedding.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Glitzy Accessories is a brand created out of sheer passion and love for crafting. My attention to detail is unmatched, and I strive for perfection in every product that I put out. I am well known for embellishing and personalizing shoes, but I also do t-shirts, water bottles, mugs, picture frames, and other novelty items. There isn’t a challenge that I will turn down. I have just recently started offering classes on how to bling and will soon start offering bling supplies.
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
The number 1 quality I feel is important to my success is my customer service. I am treating my customers like friends instead of a payout. Getting to know them and what they like instead of shoving information in their face. Another equal that I feel is very important is my work ethic. I work very hard to put out quality products. I am meticulously detailed and I take time to ensure that my customers are satisfied with their purchase. I stand by my work and it’s quality.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: Www.glitzyaccessories.com
- Instagram: @glitzyaccessories
- Facebook: Glitzy Accessories LLC
April Cuyler, Arin Smidt