Meet Your Maker Monday: Abbie McKenzie of Abbie Drue Designs
Abbie McKenzie is the creator behind the beautiful jewelry and leather goods company Abbie Drue Designs. A native Texan bound for New York, Abbie says her minimalist jewelry has deep southern roots. Houston will miss you Abbie!
HMS: What do you make? How do you make it?
I make jewelry and leather goods. Each leather item is dyed, stitched, and cut by hand. I find my inspiration in my hometown roots as I've lived in Texas my whole life. ADD portrays a heritage, vintage, organic, yet simple look as far as jewelry goes.
HMS: What does a typical day look like for you?
My typical day starts off with a large cup of joe or 3; school at the UH, and then capping the day off at my studio at Summer Street.
HMS: Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
I decided to start my company last April after working many different jobs; from a legal clerk to a manager at a little boutique in Rice village. I had a realization that there was more to life and being a creative person. I wanted to be my own boss. Two days later, I walked down to the courthouse, established my DBA with the state and hit the ground running.
HMS: What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
As far as learning goes, being an artist there is never enough you can learn and discover. I'm always ready to try new things and improve my skills to get better at my craft and design skills.
HMS: What's next for Abbie Drue?
After graduating in December with a BA in political science and a minor in business, I am moving to Brooklyn and taking my baby, ADD, with me. Although my designs are very southern, I am a very classy girl and have a strong passion for modern fashion. I plan on creating a collection that incorporates all sides of me. In the end, there will be a little bit for everyone.
HMS: What do you want people to know about your work?
I want to give credit to the Houston art community for welcoming me with open arms. Here everyone supports each other and it's like a family. I also want to give credit to my father, Steven McKenzie, for pushing me to always follow my dreams and give 150% at whatever I do. He has taught me that when I have vision/goal, make a plan, and execute. Which has lead me to believe in myself and what I am capable of achieving. Along the way with ADD, I've come across so many obstacles, failures, and successes, but at the end of the day, I can sleep well knowing that I'm doing what I love while sharing art and creativity with other people. As artist Liza Lou says, "Stay with the doing. Stay with the making. It is a privilege." And indeed she is correct, so that's the motto I follow daily.