Archive for December, 2007

Gurhan Celebrates 10 Years in Business
Posted on December 11, 2007
What a lovely way to celebrate a 10th anniversary... with a party designed to thank and honor those who helped you reach that milestone -- like your first customer, and your IT consultant, and your lawyer and the editor who gave you your first magazine feature. That's just what Fiona Tilley and Gurhan Orhan -- owners of GURHAN -- did this evening. It was a swanky cocktail party for 100+ where nearly everyone was the guest of honor -- or at least made to feel that way by the gracious couple who have created one of the most successful designer businesses of our time. Due to their  accumulated genius -- in both business and design --- they've grown from a two-person entrepreneurship  in NYC to a multinational corporation with nearly 100 people  going full steam... Read More
My Designer Business Advice in Chicago Tribune
Posted on December 3, 2007
I admit it. I'm a joiner. I like being a part of  of groups and communities. I contribute to online discussion groups;  serve on the board of the Women's Jewelry Association; work on committees of Jeweler's For Children and  other industry org's... and in my spare time I lead my daughter's Girl Scout troop, head a PTA committee and even make most monthly meetings of a wine-fueled book club. I find the cameraderie and brainstorming a great way to offset the sometimes limited socializing that comes from running a small business with my husband. But even if you're not naturally a joiner, you need to get out. We can all benefit from a little help from our friends. In my workshop, "Tips from the Trenches: How to Grow a Successful Designer Business" I'm... Read More
Online Jewelry Shopping Gains Momentum
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In the past few weeks I've had more designers mention their new e-commerce website than ever before. And I've had a chat with a few retailers -- one in particular who has a fantastic online presence, too -- who are considering dropping vendors who launch e-commerce sites. I find this a very interesting trend and dilemma -- but it's one who's time has come. When you've got wholesale accounts it's a very tricky line to walk. On one hand, you're competing with your own customers, on the other you're growing your brand and serving more consumers (hopefully) than ever before. [TIP: Surf the net for a while and visit sites for designers you admire. See who's retailing and how it's done. Check prices to make sure you're not underpricing your work nor your customers' normal... Read More