According to the outlet, the 27-year-old launched Kitten Co. Jewelry with around $2,000 that she had in savings.
With a “get it out of the mud” mentality, Portorreal was able to leverage contacts with various suppliers and manufacturers to help bring her vision to life. From there, she leaned onto social media heavily to promote and bring visibility to her brand.
She even notes how her fellow co-workers at Pierre Hardy may have thought her idea was crazy given that she began floating it around just two months after starting at the company.
“They probably thought I was insane,” she recalled. “They probably still think I’m insane because I pulled it off. I just wanted to prove that I could do it.”