When my husband Bryan Brooks and I decided to launched Evelyn Brooks Designs in June of 2004; I knew it was not going to be easy. I knew there was a lot of work and commitment to make the company work and make it profitable.
Perhaps my husband like many husbands out there thought OK, I will support her but who knows if this will work out. All my husband wanted was to make me happy. He always supported ALL my ventures. Even if he disagrees, he knew I would do it anyways. Even when we had our first child seven years ago; he said you will be able to manage and YES we did. When hard times came he was also there. There were months when he had to put money into my business because of many reasons, maybe no sales, because it was slow season, or simply the economy hit so badly that people weren’t buying. But I always stayed positive, contrary to my husband he was always realistic as he said to me, he wasn’t trying to hurt me, he was just realistic.
Years passed by, growing little by little our company. Those years have given us so much knowledge on regards to how the industry works, knowing my buyers so well that I learned that toughest buyers are tough because they don’t have time to mess around, and all they want to do is business with you (just so you know don’t take it personal, it is just business). I have had some of the most amazing buyers and mentors like the buyer from the National Building Museum in DC, or former founder of Empowered Women International Marga Fripp. I have met great people like my dear Peruvian professionals from the World Bank who invited us to be in charge of the Peru Handcraft Pavillion for three years during the Annual meetings. Press and media who have come to events specifically to interview me, like Armand Hugon, or invite me to do a TV segment with Silvana Quiroz & Nestor Bravo from the number one morning show of Univision Buenos Dias DC. My list will be long of all the support we have received. Seating with personalities that I could only dream of, it was at times surreal. At times I thought how could someone so powerful actually be giving so much help, like Christine Brooks – Cropper founder of the DC Fashion Foundation, who has been my mentor for over ten years. Or meeting the editor in chief for different USA TODAY magazines who featured us in three different magazines nationwide.
I won’t bore you mentioning all the people who has been there for US. But check out some of the most important moments.
All I could do is end up this blog saying that for years Evelyn Brooks Designs had a dream of designing and making Peruvian inspired jewelry mixed with contemporary art and following the latest trends. For years our social responsible commitment has been growing and continues to support different communities to help eradicate poverty, creating better living infrastructure, well paid jobs and promoting better education.
My interns, each an everyone, has touched my life in many different ways, some are married now, some are working at the best design houses in New York, there was one that call me once to Thank me so much because when she went to her final interview with Telemundo, the president said to her OMG you worked with Evelyn Brooks? and That is all the president of Telemundo needed to know, to immediately opened the doors to an easier interview that followed with a job position.
It is been TWELVE years so we must be doing something right, huh? The U.S. Government is now selling my jewelry designs through the Eastern National Parks at the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and The Ford’s Theater. My collection with Peruvian huayruro seeds is sold nationwide. We have worked hard to come to more and more places and will continue to do it.
My latest venture is opening a shop in Cusco – Peru (Cusco Designers Showroom), the project that I actually thought my husband would be so against to, he was the one that told me: DO IT, I AM WITH YOU. DO IT. Even our nanny said I was waiting for your husband to scream and say NO, I SAID NO (just cause we know him so well…LOL)
And we have so many projects coming up in the next months, we will keep you posted. Thanks for being there for us, after all these years. My commitment is to continue bringing innovative jewelry designs that you will feel proud to wear or you would love to give them away as gifts.
From now through July 15Th we are offering 15%off all our online purchase. Use Code: ANNIVERSARY15
Till next time,