Those closest to me know that handmade jewelry is one of my favorite things! Receiving a new piece carefully-crafted with you in mind is such a special feeling. It’s wearable artwork. One of the highlights of my year has been connecting with the truly creative jewelry artist Ashley Lara of LoveJaded Designs. I ordered a beautiful rose quartz ring that is so precious to me. Ashley custom designed this piece for me and was so patient and attentive during the process. From beautiful hoop earrings to one-of-a-kind crochet creations, LoveJaded designs is a brand that you should know about. Read on to get to know Ashley Lara and her brand LoveJaded Designs.
I am Ashley Lara, a mom, wife, and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, NY. I am a jewelry designer and crochet artist who studied at the Art Institute of New York City. I started my business, LoveJaded Designs, in 2011. LoveJaded Designs is an accessories-based brand using urban culture and art influences to create unique wire-wrapped accessories. It has since expanded to include crochet pieces.
As cliché as it sounds, my brand was inspired by a night out. Everyone looked the same as most of us shopped the same stores. Most girls were in college with limited funds, so getting custom work was expensive. I wanted to provide that for them, but at a decent cost. So in 2011 I started LoveJaded, now known as LoveJaded Designs. In my family, hoops are one of the first accessories we’re given as babies, and then we grow up with the big hoops. Hoops are my favorite thing to make because it feels as though I am recreating these special moments.
What sets the brand apart
I love everything fashion and love that I've shared my work with people across the United States as well as overseas. My clients make it so easy to continue to create, from my abstract designs to creating a personal shopping experience with all my clients. I want them to feel like they are VIP no matter if they're shopping our launched pieces or requesting custom work.
The starting price of our hoops are $25. Next are the bracelets and cuffs which range from $17 - $25. Both hoops and bracelets are wrapped with semi-precious stones and/or glass beads. We've since been named the "Hoop Dealer" & "Stack Maker". Custom work is some of our favorite things to create as it is specific to that individual, and the main reason that we started LoveJaded. Custom work ranges from all categories: hoops, bracelets, cuffs, waist beads, necklaces, rings, and crochet designs.
My greatest accomplishment in business, so far, has been to not give up. My drive has only increased after the birth of my daughter. I continued to create custom pieces up until she was born and then right back at it 2 weeks after.
What's next for LoveJaded Designs?
Right now I'm working on introducing a subscription series, green program, and loyalty program.
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Annah Mwangi, Owner
Inspired By: I wanted to position myself in a place where I could impact other people's lives in a positive way.
Products Offered: We sell products (earrings, shoes, bags, necklaces, etc) that are handmade in Kenya. We also donate 10% of our profits to worthy causes, so purchasing our products impacts the life of at least one person every month.
Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs: It can be very scary to start a business, but you will never do it if you wait for everything to be perfect. Take it one step at a time and surround yourself with like-minded people.
"If you hang out with chickens, you are going to cluck, and if you hang out with eagles, you are going to fly."
-Dr. Steve Maraboli
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