Meet The Maker: The Pink Reef
When Janice Park applied for her jewelry label The Pink Reef to be in our store, we squealed. Her hand-painted floral and gold bug earrings are big, bold and beyond beautiful. We were also giddy that the Washington DC area newscaster wanted to be a vendor in our store after stumbling upon our company and mission!
Today her stunning jewelry pieces shine front and center in our Deep Ellum shop and she’s even traveling to our Dallas Spring Show to meet shoppers and sell her gorgeous pieces up close and personal this Friday and Saturday. Learn more about Janice and save the date to meet her this weekend!
Give us a little insight into your creative background – you’ve accomplished a lot! That’s very flattering, but I think I’ve survived in this life through a combination of luck and persistence. I come from a family of engineers and mathematicians and I am the polar opposite of that. I think every little step you do in life shapes who you are as a person. Growing up, I had the typical Asian mom who pushed me to play three classical instruments. But I think the beauty of classical music (my faves are Chopin, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky) inspire me when I create jewelry. I love listening to music if I’m in a creativity funk at work. I also would spend eight hours at a time as a teenager painting replicas of Monet and Van Gogh. I definitely channel the Impressionism style into my hand painted florals. I find every single Monet painting insanely beautiful.
Have you always known you wanted to design jewelry? When did that passion start? About 15 years ago, I made my first floral earrings. My brother, took them to work at the Federal Government and wound up selling 40 or 50 pairs in a few days. I wish I had kept it up, but I instead focused on my TV reporting career, moving all around the country. Fast forward to a few years ago, and I got inspired to create my own brand based off my friend’s sister. I was living in Lexington, Kentucky at the time, and she was a reporter at a different station. Her sister starting a Southern clothing online store that has turned into a 30-million dollar a year business, and she did it right after having a baby. She did it with no outside funding or help and is amazing. This really inspired me to go after my dreams.
What inspires you when you are designing jewelry? I think statement earrings are really having a moment. Lately, I’ve just fallen in love with hand-painting florals, bugs and even have incorporated chickens in my line. I think anything feminine, refined and spring oriented has my heart these days.
What drew you to become a vendor at Flea Style? Having lived in the South for years, I am secretly obsessed with all things southern. I love anything classic, big and bold. I would leave DC in a heartbeat if my husband would let us move to the South. I noticed women in Dallas really loved my designs, so I starting looking up boutiques in Dallas and stumbled on Flea Style. As I did more research into you guys, I was in awe of Flea Style. I just think the CEO is a business genius, and the best part is she has no business background! I love how Flea Style is a social media powerhouse, is made up of the nicest people, and does so many innovative things from podcasts with celebrities to hosting children’s parties or entrepreneur seminars. I’ve had boutiques want to carry my line after being in Flea Style for just a month! It’s hard to explain, but Flea Style just radiates warmth, and I hope to be a vendor at Flea Style for as long as you’ll have me!
Favorite motto/quote/life advice: This is from Justin Bieber’s agent, “You ain’t livin’ unless you’re giving.”
If you didn’t do your current job, what would you be doing and why? I feel so lucky to be a reporter at WUSA9, CBS News in DC, but I think I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. My family has always run businesses, from expansive commercial real estate to a small card shop, so I think it’s in my blood. If I had been better at math growing up, I would have loved to have been an OBG-YN. Not so much the pap smear part, but the baby delivering part!
Favorite piece you’ve ever designed and why? I think my large hand-painted florals. I just look at them and love the variations in paint color and the pop of crystal.
Ok, a few fun questions to get to know you better! Describe your picture-perfect day off: My husband’s family has a lake house near Lake Michigan — I swear it’s the prettiest place on earth. I think about boating on our lake with my puppy Rugby, husband and kids and it doesn’t get any better than that.
Current playlist or radio station on repeat? I’m so embarrassed to say this, but I didn’t start listening to music until I started driving at 16. I have horrible taste in music, but I currently love Camila Cabello.
If money was no object, what would you spurge on for yourself? I would rent a private jet so I can take my yellow lab Rugby to Mexico. I hate how she can never go on vacation with us if we fly somewhere.
If you could score a mentor session with anybody for an hour, who would you want to sit down with and why? That’s a tough one. I think my grandfather. I didn’t really know him because I was just a baby when he died, but we are all still benefiting from his success in commercial real estate. I would love to know how he was able to grow his business, and just to get to know him as a person. And it’s a reminder to me that life is short, and to love my kids, husband and puppy as best I can.
Meet Janice at our Dallas Spring Show April 26th and 27th at Dallas Market Hall — along with 150-plus other amazing vendors selling handmade and vintage goods! Find more info here. You can also shop The Pink Reef inside our store located at 3009 Commerce Street in Deep Ellum. We’re open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m and follow her on Instagram @thepinkreef. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.