Tell us about the expansion of your jewellery business.
Initially, when we started in 2009, we were the first online boutique specialising in costume jewellery within the region, so it was a challenge. But word spread fast and it soon caught on. However, I was increasingly getting requests from customers wanting to see the jewellery in person. So in 2012 we opened our first showroom. This is great because I now get the chance to meet our customers and sometimes even help them pick the perfect jewel for a special event.
What was the inspiration behind Sophie’s Closet?
My family. My mom is a gemologist, my dad collected antique jewellery and my grandmothers both had amazing private jewellery collections. It turned out I had a passion for sourcing these rare and pretty objects and I wanted to share my finds with other people.
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