Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Cecilia Taibo Rahban, founder and designer of Cecilia's Steel, a business founded in 2014 that sells handmade jewelry, explains how this image represents her business.
This bow tie necklace, made of steel, embodies the qualities I wish to inspire: elegance and boldness, fluidity and strength, and for my pieces to be grounding yet airy. It's a call to celebrate both our sensitivities and strengths.
I've always been involved with the arts, as a visual artist for many years. Inspiration for my jewelry line was sparked from a fashion accessory I created. One of the designs was made out of metal mesh, which got great response from boutique owners — they really liked its look and feel, and they asked me if I had any designs to be worn around the neck. My first necklace is still one of my line's most popular pieces. I've focused all of my creative energy on my jewelry design ever since then.
The name for the business came from my husband. When I showed him my first design, he said, "That's you, delicate yet strong," and he came up with the brand name right away.
Designing new pieces fulfills my need to create, and seeing others enjoy my work is very rewarding. I have always envisioned that as my business grows, it would help others, not only by its message, but also by creating jobs, starting locally.
The biggest challenge I face is being a solopreneur with a growing business, I find I'm often short on time to do all I need to.