Sophie Katirai

05 Mar 2013
By Ahlanlive.com

Founder of Sophiescloset.com

Inspired by all things pretty, this collector of vintage designer jewellery built on the success of her online boutique by opening her first showroom in Dubai.

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.

What exactly are you looking for?
High-quality designer jewellery that has a beautiful visual appeal.

What’s your favourite piece of jewellery?
A vintage pair of Yves Saint Laurent earrings that are very rare and in impeccable condition. 

What do you do in your downtime?
I hardly have downtime. I do love spending time with my baby – but she also comes to work with me every day!

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