When curiosity, creativity, and ethics determine your career path with Palm Sunday’s Lauren Jennings

Lauren Jennings dreamed of having her fashion designs in high end brands, and after graduating from Parsons School of Design, she was on the right path. She found a job working at a large commercial fasion house in New York City – but it was there that she discovered how her designs were actually made – and she wasn’t happy about it.

Now, Lauren’s Palm Sunday focuses on creating custom jewelry that’s sustainable and ethical.


Dana: Welcome to Hustle and Gather, a podcast about inspiring the everyday entrepreneur to take the leap. I’m Dana, 

Courtney: and I’m Courtney, 

Dana: and we’re two sisters who love business. On this show, we talk about the ups and downs with the hustle and the reward at the end of the journey 

Courtney: And we know all the challenges that come with starting a business. Between operating our wedding venue, doing speaking and consulting, and starting our luxury wedding planning company, we wake up and hustle every day.

Dana: But we love what we do. And today we’re talking to Lauren Jennings, owner of Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is an in-house handmade bespoke jewelry brand, specializing in rings of intention based in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Lauren, welcome to Hustle and Gather. 

Lauren: Thanks so much for having me. 

Dana: Yeah. We’re so excited to have you today.

Courtney: By the way, for those of you that are listening today, we are drinking a Cardinal. As always, you can find the recipe in the show notes.

Dana: Well, thank you so much for being here today. We’re super excited. We are huge fans in general of your work. 

Lauren:  Thank you. 

Dana: But originally from North Carolina and you’ve really had quite the journey quite literally all over the world, and then eventually came back here, but we want to hear a little bit about what originally sparked your interest to leave North Carolina and start a career in fashion and design. 

Lauren: So, I’m from Goldsboro, born and raised, and it’s a small air force town in Eastern North Carolina. And ever since I was a little kid, I was pretty messy and creative. My mom used to say I left piles around the house. She’d call them Lauren piles. So, I was always getting into something and had a really hard time cleaning up after myself.

So, just in general making stuff all the time. Um, when I was in high school, I got really interested in fashion. I took a summer course in California at Otis and just fell in love with it and knew that I wanted to do that for a living. My plan originally was to go to business school first and then go into fashion.

I felt like that was the responsible move, but I didn’t get into the business school I wanted. So I went straight to Parsons, which was in New York and yeah, it was quite the awakening for me to move from small eastern rural town to New York City. But that’s what I did when I was 18, and I studied at Parsons for four years, which is incredibly rigorous. Taught me so much and then was in New York for a couple of years after that, working in the fashion industry.

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Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence.  Courtney and Dana’s hustles include C&D Events, Hustle and Gather, and The Bradford Wedding Venue.

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