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Mia Katrin

Confessions of a Road Warrior: Tales from the trenches

Have you ever wondered what life is like for designers, vendors and reps who regularly appear at your store throughout the year? We’re part of a dying breed. I’m on the road hundreds of days a year, visiting retailer accounts, doing trunk shows, introducing our line to new prospective accounts. We put tens of thousands of miles per year on our cars. Although we also have regional reps, I like the personal touch of connecting with our retailers directly.

Treasures of Mumbai

Recently touching down in Mumbai after a whirlwind 15 hour nonstop flight (and a 9½ hours time-zone difference!), I was excited to be whisked away to the five star Marriott Renaissance Lake Powai for a three day “Gems and Jewellery Buyer Seller Meet” hosted by the Indian Government thru their GJEPC, Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council.

Go Green! How green is your business?

A 2017 study found that 88% of Millennial consumers are more loyal to a company that supports social or environmental issues while 76% will refuse to purchase a company’s product or service upon learning it supported an issue contrary to their beliefs. By tapping into this important trend of ethical sourcing, retailers can connect with their clients’ growing awareness. Jewelers who demonstrate their social conscience help win their client’s confidence. 

Houston Jewelry’s Rex Solomon - Thriving through the social network

After attending his first year at the University of Houston Law School, Rex Solomon realized he missed his small former tightly knit social network of New England’s Williston Northampton School and Brandeis University, as well as the larger lively network of his extended family business, Houston Jewelry, just a few miles away. “Law school wasn’t fun. The store was more fun and interesting. After classes I would go to the family store….” So 30 years ago he joined his family business and never looked back.

MiaRex’s Regalia. Rex and Mia try out life-size replicas of the Crown Jewels on display at Houston Jewelry.

Flavors of India

Sights and sounds of Jaipur, the colorful Pink City

If you’ve never been to India, you’re missing out on a treasure-trove of colorful experiences! During my recent trip to Jaipur, attending an Expo hosted by the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), I connected with our current gem factories and developed new supplier relationships. While immersed in the colors and culture of the “Pink City” I enjoyed a rich and fascinating wealth of experiences.