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Like father, like daughter! Jill Watkins, principal of Watkins Design Works, explains her passion for interior design was evident early in life through exposure to her father’s architecture firm! Jill says, “My dad is a retired architect, and when I was in high school, I worked summers at the firm he worked with. When I started my company, my first major project was as a consultant with that same firm!” Keep your eyes out for more on Jill Watkins!
Jill Watkins’ love for interior design is evident in her work. Jill is the owner of Watkins Design Works, a commercial interior design and green building consulting firm located in the Charleston Area Alliance’s business incubator. Jill has 22 years of commercial design experience, including 18 specifically related to green building, and worked with architects and engineers for the majority of her career before starting her own firm in 2014. Jill is NCIDQ Certified, a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C, a professional member of ASID, and recently graduated from Leadership Kanawha Valley. She is participating in the Alliance’s GROW entrepreneurship program and is Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council West Virginia Chapter.
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Not many people can say they are working in the professional field they dreamed of as a child. Morgan Richards happens to be one of the very few who can! Morgan says, “I have always known that I wanted to be in the fashion industry. When I was in elementary school we had to write down in a journal what we wanted to be when we grew up, I wrote that I wanted to be a fashion designer, but not design shoes and bags especially for men! My parents found this and blew it up on a poster board for me when I graduated SCAD last year. It was pretty funny, because now I am an accessory designer making shoes and handbags and my focus is menswear.”
Morgan Richards has made a name for herself in her industry. Morgan’s company, Morgan Rhea, was launched in 2014 after Morgan graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design. She wanted to get in touch with her Appalachian roots so she opened her studio in her home state of West Virginia.
Morgan Rhea’s current collection “Silently Speaking Gratitude” is dedicated to those who have inspired and impacted her life through their personal journeys. By giving gratitude to those who have struggled and triumphed, this handmade collection was born. She depicts personal journeys by inscribing individual stories onto her one of a kind tailored accessories that can be passed down for generations.
Everything is hand assembled to create timeless pieces with personalized designs and superb craftsmanship. Designed for the individual who wants to express their personal journey through an accessory that is a conversation in itself. Each accessory is hand made from a buffalo hide and is hand stitched to create a timeless piece.
In this short time, Morgan has had many accomplishments. She was named the winner of the 2014 Independent Handbag Designer Award for “Best Student Made Handbag” where she was featured in the September Issue of InStyle Magazine. She has had the pleasure to meet with top celebrities in her industry such as Zac Posen and Alexander Wang. She has had the pleasure of designing for singers John Legend and Brett Dennen. Morgan is looking forward to growing her business in the state of West Virginia and beyond.
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