Reagan Charleston Design
Tell us about your business.With a family of artists, I was inspired to create from the time I was little. I always wanted to adorn myself and when my handmade necklaces began garnering attention, I decided it was time I started to sell them. All of my pieces are hand forged in New Orleans, as it is very important for me to keep everything in my business local. My grandparents had a copper sculpture gallery in the French Quarter for many, many years; and while their works of art were purchased by collectors from all over the world, they never once considered moving their production from New Orleans. While it is more expensive and more difficult to keep all aspects of production and manufacture in New Orleans, there is a quality of craftsmanship that is unmatched. The spirit of the city is present in everything crafted here. I am currently completing the rest of this season's line and I couldn't be more excited to share the pieces inspired by this wonderful city in which I am proud to live with the world.
What makes your business stand out?Each piece is a Reagan Charleston original design. My pieces are made in small batches and you won't find anything like them in the rest of the world. With every piece individually handmade, they are truly one-of-a-kind.
What's the best business advice you've received?The old adage is true, if you love what you do then you will never work a day in your life. I love what I do, so work does not feel like work. My business is my life and my passion. In staying true to what moves me, my business can grow as I do.
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