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Conversations with the Inspiring Louisa Bir

Today we’d like to introduce you to Louisa Bir.

Louisa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been creating for about 12 years now, I guess my start for jewelry design began when I was in Bali, Indonesia, and came upon Celuk, a village filled with goldsmiths and silversmiths. For any creative soul, Celuk is paradise. Known for their collective talents in Bali, nearly all the households in Celuk are full of artisans in silver or goldsmithing.

While I was in Bali, I started to sketch and came up with a celestial design and had it cast in gold (in Celuk) and set with a pink sapphire I had from an old ring I was wearing at the time. The piece recreates the sun and, “representing the Self, one’s way of being in the world.”

Upon receiving the finished piece, something clicked. “I thought to myself, ‘This is what I want to do, I want to design and create statement pieces.’” That was my inspiration. I fell in love with the whole process – from sketching, designing, sourcing the stone, carving the wax, casting and finishing. Ultimately, I love creating something unique that becomes an experience, a memory, something that will last for generations.

The mood and feel of my boutique, Luckette’, is summed up by that trip and multiple others that have transpired since. “Inspired by adventures and travels, yet made for yours.”

The boutique is intimate, eclectic & tucked away on a Naples Island, Long Beach. In addition to my jewelry, we feature attire, shoes, accessories, trinkets, and homewares.

My one-of-a-kind jewelry designs are offered, in addition to other jewelry designers, both local and international. Lucketté also includes vintage & estate jewelry and I still travel extensively in search of unique pieces.

My inspiration has always been through my travels and I never go without a sketchbook or camera to capture my experiences, architectural details or anything that inspires/catches my eye.

As for the name, “Lucketté” it a family name from my grandmother. She was — and still is — my favorite family member (other than the Hubs & our son Kai). She was a very strong, inspiring woman who loved to travel and inspired me to do exactly that. Traveling is my inspiration. I just brought back gorgeous antique bangles from Zanzibar and exquisite beads from Mauritius.

My vision for Lucketté visitors; Everybody that comes through my door, I want them to feel a strong creative energy. Lucketté is not something you’re going to find at the mall or online, we are not for the masses, everything here is unique and created with great passion. My clients come for the experience, knowing they are going to find something from my travels or one-of-a-kind jewelry. I always keep chilled Prosecco in the fridge for our clients that like to peruse and take their time to enjoy the experience here. Luckette´ is definitely a destination boutique.

Has it been a smooth road?
I would always advise making a business plan. Dreams are great and where it all begins but knowing what you are getting into financially and with your time and what you can manage is key. Don’t shy away from taking risk, and know your worth. Women need to understand that they are as capable in business as men, and can become equally successful.

Don’t get discouraged if things don’t immediately go the way you planned. It’s taken me years to build my relationships with clients and people in the industry. Unfortunately, I see a lot of people wanting instant gratification and the mindset, “build it and they will come’. In an instant gratification society, you have to be patient and make sure you’re doing something you’re passionate about. If you’re in business to make money, you’ll never be successful. You won’t be happy. You’ve got to do what you love in order to overcome the obstacles. Your love for your job will guide you through the highs and lows.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Luckette´ story. Tell us more about it.
I have proudly & fondly fashioned “about 70 percent” of my friends’ engagement rings & wedding bands. Creating such a tangible symbol of their love provides me immense joy. I love creating something unique that will stay through generations. Custom jewelry is truly my passion. I love bringing someone’s vision to life and delivering that piece for them, and when they see it for the first time, watching the sparkle in their eyes and their faces light up makes it such thrill. I’m always inspired by the power jewelry has to express strength, love, and faith.

I’m known for creating one of a kind engagement rings. My brides & grooms love that they are the only one with that specific design/creation. The best is after their intended has proposed when the couple comes back to boutique (usually pretty giddy) to create the wedding bands. I love the energy, the smiles and being a quintessential part of creating such a symbolic token of their commitment and love. It’s magical & why I adore what I do.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Try to surround yourself with positive vibes, not just your friends but employees too. Your team needs to reflect your passion and positive attitude.

Get offline every now and then and reach out to others with similar goals and aspirations. Yes, social media is an amazing way to promote yourself and or your brand, but it’s equally as important to communicate with people in person.

Meet with other women, and be in environments that are positive and supporting — because no one else is going to do that for you, especially if you’re the boss.

Once a month, I meet with other women business owners. It’s astounding what you can learn from others and their experiences, especially over a great glass of vino.

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