Though I don’t wear jewelry often, I truly treasure a few sentimental pieces given to me by my dear friends, like a special coin necklace that was given to me as I began the Tatcha journey. When I first came across Jennifer Fisher’s collection, I was touched by her story on creating a unique and meaningful charm in honor of her son Shane. Jennifer’s elegant and personalized jewelry has made her a favorite among fashion-forward celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyonce and Rihanna. She has sent me several beautiful things, but it’s her vision and entrepreneurial spirit I admire most of all. I’m delighted to share her story about how she became a jewelry designer and her secrets to feeling beautiful:

“my beauty, however perceived by others, is mine alone”

Q: Entrepreneurship is a dramatically different path from working as a stylist—what inspired you to strike out on your own?

A: I have always been an entrepreneur. I started my first business when I was 5 selling button earrings, so it’s in my blood. Not to mention, being a freelance stylist is being an entrepreneur as well. I managed my own assistants and jobs without an agent for 12 years so starting my own jewelry company was not a stretch.

Q: How did your lifestyle change once you began your own line?

A: It was a different type of stress and pressure. There was still the aspect of having to perform for clients but on a very different level, providing a product rather than a service. It was nice not have to be on set at 5 a.m. though...

Q: Entrepreneurship is a time of highs and lows. Tell us about your highest high and lowest low. What did you learn about yourself during these times?

A: Definitely my high was being a finalist in the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund and then being nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. I guess lows are when you lose!

Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to follow in your footsteps, either in their career or making a change in their life?

A: Don't take no for an answer and always trust your gut. I deal with these things daily and the ability to overcome them is very important.

Q: Tatcha is based on the wisdom of generations, finely honed and handed down by women. Who had made your journey more beautiful, and what did they teach you?

A: My Grandmother and Mother for sure. They taught me that my beauty, however perceived by others, is mine alone and there will always be people questioning or trying to cut you down. Just own yourself and embrace how different you are as an individual. I’m teaching that to my daughter, Drew, now.

Q: Do you have any "golden rules" to style jewelry?

A: Do your own thing. Trust your own style, not others’. If you are not true to yourself you will feel and look awkward.

Q: Do you have any advice for brides-to-be on selecting jewelry for their big day?

A: Less is definitely more on your wedding day. Heirloom pieces are always best, or classic and minimal styles. You want to look back on your photos and not cringe...

Q: What is your most memorable moment as you began working on your own line and launching it?

A: The day my daughter told me she was going to one day take over my business.

Q: What are your secrets for feeling beautiful amidst your busy schedule? Do you have any special rituals?

A: Yes, I have been using Tatcha for the last 6 months and it has changed my skin!  Drink lots of water.  I stay away from dairy products and exercise regularly to sweat out the toxins.

Victoria Tsai
Chief Treasure Hunter

published July 2015

Entrepreneurship, Living, Beauty Secrets, Interviews
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