Ian Danger Cahr is president and founder of the Chicago-based Ian’s Bead Co. He wears a suit, a tie, and French cuffs. He even has a press secretary (his press secretary is his mother). Oh, did I mention that Ian is only 7?
Yes, this successful seven-year-old boy has a growing jewelry business. His products have been showcased on “The Martha Stewart Show” and featured in trunk shows at Kiehl’s, an upscale beauty store.
He started his business a year ago with a friend of his, also seven-years-old. Along with their bead jewelry idea, Cahr wanted to donate all of their proceeds to a charity. He picked New Leash On Life, a local dog rescue organization. So far, Cahr has donated $5,000 to New Leash On Life. He wants every dollar raised by Ian’s Bead Company to be donated to New Leash On Life.
“You need to help other animals and other people to make the world a better place,” Cahr said. He wanted to use his talent and creativity to help others.
Kiehl’s, which sponsors regular pet-adoption events at one of its stores, helped bring Cahr and his company into the limelight. While he was showing off one of his bead key chains, he was invited to have an in-store trunk show at Kiehl’s. But when Cahr was featured on Martha Stewart, he got nationwide exposure.
After the show, Cahr said that sales really took off. Stewart gave his company $1,000, which Kiehl’s matched. After being on Martha’s show, Ian’s Bead Co. took in $1,283 in sales.
Cahr and his CEO (Chief Earring Officer), Charlie Moss, 7, have expanded the bead collection. They have necklaces, earrings, barrettes, doll eyes, eyeglass chains, notecards and tissue paper flowers.
More than 20 classmates and several mothers help Cahr make the products. They also use donated supplies to make all of their products.
For now, Cahr’s biggest dream is that someone will adopt a dog named Radar who is at New Leash On Life. He says that Radar has been there for quite some time, and he’s just really cute and he needs a home. He also has really big ears, Cahr says.
Source: Chicago Tribune