Independent Retailer: Le Tier Designs
all photos courtesy of Le Tier Designs
A few weeks ago I got a message that a company named Le Tier Designs started following Full Clutch on Twitter. Curiosity got the best of me, and I checked the Le Tier Designs website out. Then Tanisha’s beautiful jewelry got the best of me, and I bought a necklace! I love the beauty and simplicity of the Black Diamond necklace, and the price didn’t hurt either! The necklace is perfect for wearing on it’s own, or layering with a few other pieces.
Tanisha, owner and designer, was so prompt in getting the piece out to me that I wanted to share Le Tier Designs. And Tanisha has been kind enough to provide a beautiful necklace to giveaway (details on this later). Another thing I really like about the Le Tier Designs business model is that a portion of all sales is donated to Kitchen On The Street, and Arizona based charitable organization that provides children of low income families with food for after school and weekends. So I get a piece of beautiful jewelry and I get to help out kids that need it? Sign me up!
I asked Tanisha a few questions about Le Tier Designs, what inspires her, and why she chose Kitchen On The Street…
What inspired you to start Le Tier Designs?
I love fashion and I love to create so it was a perfect mix. Plus, I’m a wife and mother so finding a business that I could run while still spending time with my family was a must. When people started asking me where I got the pieces that I was wearing, my husband and I knew we were on to something.
How long have you been making jewelry?
I’ve been making jewelry around 8-10 years, if you don’t count the endless amounts of friendship bracelets I made as girl.
What influences affect the way you design your jewelry?
I’m inspired and influenced by so many things. Fashion is big inspiration for me. Whether it be a fabulous pair of shoes or a gorgeous dress, I’ll find inspiration in the texture, colors or the design. I also love looking at interior design magazines and blogs and I pay a lot of attention to the architecture while I go for walks in my city. My biggest inspiration is music though and many of the names of our pieces are inspired by songs that I love.
What materials do you use to create your jewelry?
I really don’t like plated jewelry because I want the pieces I love to last, so the metals I use most are Sterling Silver, 14K Gold Fill and Brass. I also use pearls, Swarovski crystals and gemstone.
Do you have a favorite piece you’ve designed?
I think the stardust necklace is my favorite. We have a gold and silver version. I love how they sparkle and how I can wear them with anything.
Why did you choose Kitchen On The Street as an organization to benefit?
My husband and I were looking for an organization that helped children when we came across Kitchen on the Street. Vince and Lisa are the husband and wife team that founded the charity and we knew we wanted to support what they are doing as soon as we met them. They are kind, determined and passionate. A winning combination. They are truly making a difference in the lives of American children who don’t have enough to eat. Please check out their site! http://www.kitchenonthestreet.org
As mentioned before, Tanisha wants to give away one of her great designs to a lucky Full Clutch reader. And the prize at stake? The lovely Stardust Necklace in either sterling sliver or gold (winner’s choice). This necklace is perfect for the season we’re entering, and would make a great gift! Entering to win is easy breezy; just head over to the Le Tier Designs Facebook page and give them a “Like”. Then head right back here and submit your entry by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Le Tier Designs”. One entry per person. Entries will be accepted through 11:59pm, pacific standard time, on 10/23/12. Winner will be selected at random, and contacted, on 10/24/12. Winner will choose the Stardust Necklace of choice, and shipping is included. Good luck!
Update: Congrats to Lewis Staubs on winning the Stardust necklace!
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