Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Schotz.
Linda, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? I studied graphic design at UCLA, got married, helped my husband build his business. raised 3 amazing children until we became semi empty nesters. Then I found myself trying to figure out who I was before children and what am now? When my father, who was my umbilical cord passed away I felt a bit lost…. that was 9 years ago. My husband & I found a passion going every Sunday morning to flea markets & swap meets together & losing ourselves for hours on end. I began making jewelry from old vintage pieces I collected. My husband encouraged me to sell them & start a business. It all became so clear! My dad’s middle name was Jules & serendipity I found a baby picture of my dad from the 1930’s with a silver pocket watch chain hanging from his mouth. It might have just been a coincidence, but for me it was a connection. The first jewelry piece I created was from a vintage pocket watch. Searching for flea markets became our global obsession, from London to Paris to Israel I found treasures that spoke to me. I packed my pieces in a vintage leather doctor bag and walked into boutique stores and the response was overwhelming & Vintage Jules was started. I take my dad with me everywhere I go…every time I go to a store or hand out my business card I get to talk about my dad. It is the way I keep the memory of my dad alive. His story continues through my story just as the history of my jewelry pieces is the continuation of other stories.
Has it been a smooth road?
My biggest struggle is finding enough time. I don’t just put together pieces, it takes some vision because although each piece has to speak to me, more importantly it has to connect with the individual client. These are one on a kind pieces that have been worn for years so finding a unique treasure is not always so easy. Wearing a piece of history is a very personal thing but when someone puts on the right piece you can feel it and see it …and that is magical,
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Vintage Jules – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others. My pieces are all one a kind treasures that I find from around the world. My signature piece was created from a vintage pocket watch that I tinkered with & replaced the inner-workings with crystals which hangs on a Victorian Albert pocket watch chain. I collect vintage whistles, compasses, trading beads, amulets, Buddhas, items from WW1/WW2, Victorian fobs, medals, crosses & rosary’s. I love the hunt! Sometimes I chose the pieces & sometimes the pieces chose me. I sell both privately, online, at trunk shows & in select stores nationally. I am a one-woman shop… I travel the roads with the memory of my dad and my vintage doctor bag of Vintage Jules. I create what I love and love what I do.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least? I basically grew up in Los Angeles and am rooted here with family, friends and a true sense of community. LA is a gateway to my passion from incredible swap meets & flea markets to fashion to art. We have it all, I just wish occasionally there was a little less traffic!
- Website: myvintagejules.com
- Phone: 818-802-6998
- Email: Linda@myvintagejules.com
- Instagram: vintagejules
- Facebook: Myvintagejules