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Entrepreneur Success: Elissa Spektor, Owner of ‘Love and Pieces’ Online Jewelry Boutique

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Love & Pieces is an online jewelry boutique offering fashion jewelry from over 25 different designers from around the world. It is owned and operated by Elissa Spektor. Check out our exclusive interview below.

 

  1. Q: Can you tell us more about http://www.loveandpieces.com?

A: Love & Pieces was started last summer and has been growing far faster than we had expected. When I started the site, I wanted to focus on trendy fun fashion jewelry that wasn’t unreachable. We started with 10 designers and have now expanded to over 25 different jewelry designers from around the world.

 

  1. Q: How long has Love and Pieces been around?

A: It hasn’t even been a full year but the response has been incredible. We worked with a lot of bloggers and instagramers to help get the initial word out and it really has spread from there. We pride ourselves on our support and our curation of every piece. It appears to be resonating with people and we couldn’t be happier with our customers and the repeat business that we get.

 

  1. Q: Your site offers complimentary gift-wrapping for every item (really nice). How important is it to provide a memorable experience for your shoppers?

A: I think with so many options online for shopping and especially jewelry, its important to differentiate yourself and stand out from the crow. If you can’t offer something that the big boys are offering, then you really are just competing on price. That’s not something we want to get into.   We want to provide exceptional service at an affordable price.

 

  1. Q: If you had to choose, what are your top 3 “must have” accessories that you can’t leave the house without?

A: I think my new favorite are bar stud earrings. Simple studs that accompany my other earrings. They are simple and go with everything. The other thing that people are crazy about are the ear climbers. We can’t keep these in stock. Really cool way to add a little edge to your outfit. Lastly we are starting to see more and more septum rings (little hoop in your nose). They are a little much for me but people are all about them.

 

  1. Q: With fashion trends always changing, how do you manage to stay ahead of the curve?

A: You have to be on the lookout for what’s coming down the line and make sure it resonates with your customers. Not every trend is one that we can embrace or one that we believe in. We like to stay ahead of trend and introduce things that our customers will like. It’s part of the fun. I have a background in buying for a large department store so I’ve been doing it for some time now.

 

  1. Q: As a woman entrepreneur, do you have any advice or tips for other women who aspire to someday start their own businesses?

A: I think the biggest advice would be to just do it. You can always find excuses of why it’s not the right time or why you shouldn’t do it. I really believe strongly in diving it and getting out of your comfort zone. If you don’t push yourself to try something new or to make a change, it’s not going to happen.

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Elissa Spektor is owner of Love & Pieces a curated online jewelry boutique offering fashion jewelry from over 25 different designers from around the world. To shop online go to http://www.loveandpieces.com

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