Dallas jewelry entrepreneur Ann Carolyn Williams started Lady Kennedy Designs in 2019. We met through a mutual friend, and I immediately fell in love with her vintage-made-modern creations! A brand WHERE THE GENERATIONS MEET®, Lady Kennedy Designs features authentic, vintage designer buttons (Chanel, Gucci, YSL and more!) handcrafted into earrings and more recently, necklaces and rings. All purchases are made through Instagram sales, so you have to follow along and comment “SOLD” when you see something you want to claim!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Lolli and Me followers are getting an exclusive look at Lady Kennedy Designs’ next collection launching on February 4! Plus, as a sweet treat to our readers, we’ve teamed up with Ann Carolyn for a GIVEAWAY of two pairs of earrings from the new collection! Make sure to read to the bottom of the post for a look at the earrings that are up for grabs and instructions on how to enter. Good luck, y’all!
The Story Behind Lady Kennedy Designs
I have alway loved working with my hands. I enjoy every aspect of the creative outlet it provides; from developing an idea, to the execution of an end product. In November of 2019, I was visiting with a dear friend and snuggling her brand new twin baby girls. While we were chatting about new mom life, she planted the idea of creating stud earrings out of vintage designer buttons. I walked in planning to simply spend time with my friend, and left with a business idea that I was captivated by.
I started my hunt for buttons immediately and found the perfect first 3 pairs in Michigan. While I waited for the buttons to arrive, I researched and toyed with different methods to repurpose the buttons into stud earrings until I found the way that worked for me. I sold my first three pairs of earrings on a neighborhood Facebook page. To my surprise, they sold within minutes of posting them! I purchased 3 more pairs of buttons and did it again. Those too sold within minutes. So, with a lineup of interest from others, I decided to take the plunge and make an investment with 80 buttons from all over the world. Working day and night, I hand-crafted 40 pairs of buttons into stud earrings and sold them all at a pop-up shop during Christmas of 2019. That pop-up shop generated a great deal of interest and Lady Kennedy Designs was born through an official instagram platform.
People always ask where the name “Lady Kennedy Designs” came from. Not only do I admire Jackie Kennedy’s classic style, but funny enough, I was nicknamed “Lady Kennedy” by a sweet maintenance man who worked in my apartment complex for my first 3 years in Dallas. The nickname and timeless style seemed to pair beautifully together…hence the name, Lady Kennedy Designs.
Because all of my inventory is so random and unique (I don’t ever know exactly what I’m getting until it lands in my hands from my trusted vendors), I sell all of my jewelry exclusively through Instagram (@ladykennedydesigns), which I have found to be the most relational way to interact with customers. I have made great friends through this and am excited to see where it goes! ~ Ann Carolyn Williams
“Cupid’s holiday” is a great time for intentional giving and gathering. If you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for women across generations, look no further than Lady Kennedy Designs! MAMA ALWAYS SAID™ classic is classic. These designs are timeless and can be passed down again and again.
There is an exciting exclusiveness to each of the collections, given the limited inventory and that every pair of earrings is handmade. To make it even more fun, each release is inspired and done by colors (get ready to see green in the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day collection!), and whoever comments “SOLD” first on the Instagram post wins the item! We’ve broken down this process for you below:
How to Purchase
Ann Carolyn finds authentic buttons from private vendors all over the world that she has come to trust. She hand picks the buttons that she loves and repurposes them into studs, necklaces and rings. Ann Carolyn builds her next collection, creates a collection name and then sells the collections every few weeks on her Instagram feed, @ladykennedydesigns! Here’s how it works:
- Once a collection has been created, all the details about when it’s coming, the colors in that collection and when those colors will be launched are announced via Instagram.
- The collection is broken into colors and released by color at designated times. (They will release all pink pairs on the collection date and specified time.)
- If you want to purchase a pair, write “SOLD” in the comments section of the post. The algorithm behind the scenes is used to determine who writes sold first. The first person to comment wins that item!
- If you “win” an item, @ladykennedydesigns will then send you a message on Instagram to request your email.
- She then sends you an invoice from Square for payment and once paid, your item ships! Local Dallas pick up can be coordinated as well for anyone based in Dallas.
If you are looking for something special or have a custom order idea, you can always send an Instagram message with the request to see if Ann Carolyn can possibly help. The next collection launches this week, and we have all the exclusive details for you below!
Valentine’s Day Collection
Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for someone sweet in your life? Get ready because the Lady Kennedy Designs Valentine’s Day Collection is launching on Thursday, February 4! This collection will be HUGE with 60+ pairs of gorgeous buttons–in lots of red and pink! The collection will also include the usual black, white and gold colors, featuring buttons or charms that have a little more of a romantic look and feel. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the items from the upcoming Valentine’s Collection:
The Valentine’s Collection will be released by color during specific time slots on Thursday. Here is the release schedule on Central Standard Time:
10:30 am – White
11:00 am – Red
7:30 pm – Gold
8:00 pm – Pink
8:30 pm – Black
We’ve teamed up with Ann Carolyn for a sweet Valentine’s GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away not one, but TWO pairs of earrings from the new Valentine’s collection, including the larger dark pink earrings (pictured left above) and the smaller white bee earrings (pictured right above), to two lucky winners! You can enter our GIVEAWAY on Instagram by clicking here or here and following these simple instructions:
- Follow @lolliandme and @ladykennedydesigns on Instagram
- “Like” this post on our Instagram page and/or this post on Lady Kennedy Design’s page
- Tag at least two friends in the comments who would also love to win (more comments = more chances to win!)
Official Rules: Giveaway runs from February 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM CST to February 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM CST. Giveaway is in no way endorsed, sponsored by or affiliated with Instagram or any of the designer brands featured. Two winners will be chosen at random to receive the prizes, a pair of earrings from Lady Kennedy Designs’ new Valentine’s Day Collection (one pair per winner). The winners will be announced via Instastories on Lolli and Me’s Instagram account @lolliandme on February 4, 2021, and winners will also be notified by Instagram direct message. The prizes will be delivered by mail, and winners must respond with shipping address within 48 hours to receive the item. United States residents only. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to win. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
Let us know if you ‘win’ any of the items for purchase in the Lady Kennedy Designs Valentine’s Day Collection or her other collections by tagging @lolliandme and @ladykennedydesigns in your posts on Instagram and Facebook! And be sure to visit our SHOP anytime for festive featured products for Valentine’s Day and beyond!