The abundance of women who run their own businesses or who are in positions of power within the COUTURE community is truly inspiring. I’ve been in the fine jewelry industry since 2000, and from the very beginning, I was given many unique opportunities to get a bird’s eye view of the industry, so I can say with the utmost certainty that the relative gender balance of power is specific to the COUTURE community. With some of the other work I do within the industry, I find myself constantly questioning why there aren’t more women involved in various opportunities. With the work I do with COUTURE on the other hand, I’m often in situations where I have to ask, “What man is going to be able to hold his own among all of those powerful women?!” I’ll admit, this is a “problem” I relish encountering!
I hope that the following blog series presents me with a new “problem” that I’d love to encounter: I’d love my email box to blow up with requests from other women that want to be featured here! Given that the pool to choose from for this–from designers to retailers to editors to industry executives–is so large, for the time being I had to narrow down my focus to the 5 women-run businesses featured here. All women, all New York-based businesses, all designers. Their backgrounds vary however, from the women at Gumuchian who have grown and evolved their family business without pause, to Sara Freedenfeld from Amali Jewelry who dove in feet first as a self-taught designer, to Doryn Wallach, who left a successful interior design business to follow her passion for jewelry design, and Maral Artinian of Marli NY, and Chana Regev of Carelle, who were born into the family business but struck out on their own to pursue their personal creative vision, these profiles run the gamut. But what is similar among all of them, is the high level of credit to their success that they give to friends, family, colleagues, and their community, and the incredible amount of perseverance, determination and work ethic that they all posses.
You can find a link to all 5 profiles here….get ready to be inspired!