We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always had an artistic drive and a desire to share my creativity with the world. I started working with leathers and other high end materials just for fun, but pretty soon I was working on it full-time. Starting a business seemed like the best way to share my creations and build community. It also lays the groundwork for me to someday open a creative workshop to fuel the development of new and innovative forms of art and expression, and to help other artisans turn their passions into successful businesses.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Drillshop ATL specializes in high-end art, jewelry and handmade luxury goods. Most clients commission custom pieces to be made by repurposing or upcycling authentic designer materials. Almost everything we do is made to order. Whether you’re getting it as a gift or for personal use, theres something special about owning a custom work of art made just for you. We offer a unique artistic experience that puts the customer in the drivers seat, getting them involved in every aspect of the design process. Drillshop’s clients have a chance to share their ideas, make special requests, and together we create some really amazing custom pieces. Our most popular items include custom wallets, cardholders, watch bands, keychains, bracelets, and pet collars. We’re always exploring new ideas.
Getting Drillshop to where it is today involved a lot of trial and error, and a good bit of resilience. I had to shift directions a few times, but most businesses do. Starting a business right as the COVID pandemic hit the US was tough, but it was a good lesson in the importance of finding alternative ways to continue growing when you’re faced with challenges.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would definitely have to visit Little 5 Points. There’s such a great mix of fashion, art, etc. and always something going on. I might take them to different parks, grab a drink somewhere, show them around the midtown/downtown area. My favorite place to eat right now is Arepa Mia. I grew up in Decatur, so there’s a good chance that makes its way into the agenda.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I was very lucky to have support from my close friends, family, and those around me. I think the world brings people into your life when you need them, and it seemed like all of the pieces were there for me when I was ready to start my journey.
Image Credits: Personal Photo by Jordan Landwehr, pic of the keychains in hands by Onome Okpodu.