As Kim Whitley ready for work, on a day greater than a decade in the past, she was struggling to seek out the jewellery she wished to put on.
Her jewellery was unorganized and sometimes tangled.
“I used to be like that is ridiculous — girls nonetheless cope with jewellery like they did within the 1800s,” Whitley stated. “I believed, ‘Why has nothing been performed otherwise?’”
Whitley referred to as her buddy Adele McLean. The pair have been mates since third grade at Jenkins Elementary College.
“I referred to as her and I stated, I do know you’re going to suppose I’m loopy however, I stated, would you wish to work on one thing like this?”
The pair put their heads collectively to create BlingBook — a jewellery storage system that retains all of it in place, untangled and simple to journey with. The e-book is roofed in quilted black leather-style material, and appears like a photograph album. Inside, delicate, material pages maintain the jewellery. Clips and plastic strips Velcro to the pages to carry necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets in any place. Plastic covers Velcro on prime of the web page to maintain it clear and guarded.
The jewellery can keep within the e-book, or particular person pages will be taken out for journey or to hold on garments hangers to match jewellery to outfits.
The thought for the BlingBook got here quickly after Whitley referred to as McLean years in the past. However the course of to get prototypes made, a producer discovered and the enterprise up and operating took years. The largest push to deliver the dream to actuality was a grant from the Chamber of Catawba County, when BlingBook gained the Edison Undertaking competitors in 2015.