Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Sacks-Davimos.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jessica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up with my parent’s in the clothing industry: Father owned a large women’s apparel line and my mother was in retail, styling high-end fashion. I was always in or around fashion and then had little gigs in the wardrobe/costuming arena in Hollywood. Nothing major so I decided I wanted to work for myself but still in the fashion world. I started working with small designers placing their lines on TV shows like Friends, Will and Grace, 90210, Melrose Place to name a few. That was the late 90’s and early 2000’s-pre-reality series.
I had to reinvent myself and my business model since the shows were no longer equipped with big budgets and that brought me to working out of my showroom by private appointment. I started out with a line called Isabella Fiore which was a handbag line that I quickly introduced to many people and the line became very well known around the Valley and throughout LA. Since I was becoming successful with the line, I started getting other smaller designers and companies reaching out to me asking for me to see their designs and take the line with me to my appointments.
I started with one line and that evolved into 20 different lines at any given time. My focal point and what I are most known for at this current time is jewelry ranging from high end-moderate to less pricy pieces, however I have some great handbags and other gifty items as well. My draw to customers is that I sell at a discounted price. Nobody sells at retail these days (due to all the flash sale sites and ‘Friends and Family’ discounts at big chain retail stores) so I try to have my clients walk away from a shopping experience knowing and feeling like they got a great deal that others may pay more for somewhere else. Something for everyone is my hope! I see clients every day if I am not out at a show and during the holidays, I am around the clock fitting in clients according to their schedules. I even work Thanksgiving every year as ladies have to do something when the turkey is in the oven!!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I would say that the toughest thing for me when I started was building a clientele that would not only trust me and my taste but that would think of me when they needed something. Now I get texts every day asking if they can come pick up a quick gift or they want to see what they can tell their husbands or significant others to come purchase for them. I have built a solid reputation for honest and fair pricing as well as great one on one customer service.
Now, 2o years later the toughest issue for me is staying competitive with larger companies and their pricing. I do my very best to have great prices however in order to do that- these days I make less on each item so I can stay competitive in this market.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Yes, definitely growing up around the fashion business both low and high end created a curiosity and desire for me to explore the fashion arena. I guess you could say it’s in my blood.
- Phone: 8184260700
- Email: Jessica@LATN26.com
- Instagram: LoveAroundTheNeck