House of Hart Design
Tell us about your business.My grandmother gave me a red jewelry box full of her vintage treasures when I was 10 years old. I was elated, enamored, and just plain giddy over the beauty of each piece. I don't think I have ever been the same. As I have built my brand I have set out not to reinvent, but to preserve. Their have been a great deal of masterpieces made-and I believe they are meant to be worn. I take pride in my ability to find vintage pieces to fit into my designs. Every design is simple, but intentional. I have been fortunate to create mostly custom bridal designs. To have a part in what a bride chooses to wear on her wedding day is nothing short of creative joy!
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I have been making jewelry since I was a little girl. I used to take hair accessories and transform them into earrings with lots of scotch tape. I would like to think my jewelry has improved since then. Although I would consider my jewelry to be delightfully fancy, my life is certainly not. I design my jewelry with the help of my kitchen table and the computer my husband used in college. As I string beads and fasten clasps I am often interrupted by my son asking to read books and build towers. And I wouldn't change a thing. Right now I am just a mom doing something she really loves, but I dream of this being a job that provides for my family and allows me to spend more precious time with them.
What inspires you?Since most of my work is commissioned, I have the great pleasure of spending a lot of time talking to people about what they want. Customer service is a passion of mine. I think that is what is unique about what I do. The people who buy pieces from me feel like they themselves got to design what they couldn't find. There is this elation I feel from customers after they have received a finished piece. They are always surprised by just how much they love it. I am overjoyed by this and it inspires me to keep creating.
What makes your business stand out?My jewelry makes a sophisticated statement, while maintaining a certain distinct and delicate edge. Almost everything is made to order to fit each customers vision. I think that is what sets me apart. People get to decide all the wonderful details, which makes them very pleased with the outcome.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Remember that you can not set out to please everyone. You have to set boundaries for what you do and do not do. Learn to be okay with the fact that some people will not connect with you and your product. Be patient with yourself and never believe that you are done re-inventing what you do, and how you do it. You will not get it perfectly right the first time. There is always room for improvement.
What does American Made mean to you?American Made means: handmade-thoughtfully, in America.
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