We had the good fortune of connecting with Chantel Chance and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chantel, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve always been extremely artistic. I started painting and designing clothes at the age of 6. I always knew I’d be a successful creative one day. I went to fashion and art school majority of my life. I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and went straight to jewelry school after getting my degree. In the span of 6 yrs, I’ve become a certified bench jeweler, a GIA certified gemologist and a CPAA certified pearl specialist.
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?
After jewelry school, I got my 1st industry job a week after receiving my certification. I used to make jewelry for Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston and David Yurman just to name a few. It was an amazing experience but I never seen myself working for somebody my entire life. I was born a boss. In November 2018 I launched my own fine jewelry company, KZMT & Co (pronounced kismet and co). We specialize in custom jewelry, watches, gemstone wholesaling, manufacturing services, repairs and a repurposing service.
In 2020, I partnered with Facebook, Inc. (now Meta) and they launched a nationwide and international ad campaign highlighting my company. Business has been better than ever thanks to that recognition from such a huge entity. This year, I started mentoring HS girls and other aspiring jewelry designers. I want everybody to know that black people are fully capable of infiltrating and dominating any and every industry. We all just need a little support and proper guidance.
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.
I would definitely recommend people to visit NYC’s Diamond District of course.
I’m a foodie so my fave areas to dine are Koreatown (some of the best curry ever), Midtown (world famous steakhouses), Meatpacking District (restaurants/nightclubs like Tao Downtown and Catch), Dumbo, BK (Grimaldi’s pizza), etc.
My fave museums are the MET, the Whitney and the Guggenheim just to name a few.
And of course 5th Ave and SoHo for shopping.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shoutout to my mother first and foremost. She has been extremely supportive of my dreams for as long as I can remember. She has always encouraged my creative side. I would also love to shoutout Ms. Immaculada Serrano, my 1st mentor in life. She is one of the main reasons I’m the successful business woman I am today. I would also like to shoutout Mr. Robert Streppone and Mr. Ramon Andino, my jewelry mentors. Thanks to all you guys for always seeing my full potential and always putting the battery in my back.
Facebook: KZMT & Co.
The photo where I have on 3 rings, a cuban chain and a tennis bracelet (the 5th photo) was shot by Vicki (IG: @veedotk).