Dickens Mitchener Staff Spotlight: Kippen Priest
For more than 15 years, Kippen Priest has been hard at work at Dickens Mitchener as our contract coordinator and bookkeeper. However, when she’s not in the DM office, she is devoting time to her rapidly growing business, madebykippen.
Kippen started this venture two years ago when she began experimenting with candles in search of a particular scent that she’s worn for over 25 years. She loved that oil so much that she combined her love for candles with her love of that signature scent. During her time of discovery, she was introduced to a completely new world and a creative outlet that has now evolved into something she would have never imagined.
When Kippen first began making candles, she used simple glass containers that can be found just about anywhere. In an effort to produce more unique vessels for her hand-poured candles, Kippen experimented with concrete. After much trial and error, she came to realize her vision for the brand, by utilizing concrete and custom molds, into what has been a whirlwind of creativity and success ever since. Kippen said “It has been enough pouring for people I know, and becoming a part of the local community of vendors at markets”…that was until she heard from West Elm. Beginning this Fall, madebykippen will be one of the exclusive local vendors carried in all store locations throughout the state.
Kippen hand pours each and every product out of her home in Charlotte, so no two pieces are ever the same. Madebykippen began as a one-product company that only sold soy candles. Now, less than one year after entering the market, the local artisan company has transformed into a much sought after vendor that offers dozens of hand-crafted goods, all made by Dickens Mitchener’s very own Kippen. Some of her more popular items, in addition to the signature candles, include trays, planters, and vases in a variety of different shapes, colors and sizes. Many of our agents favor her custom products for clients, open houses and especially holiday gift orders.