This week there is a lot to be thankful for. Primarily in the Jess LC arena. I would like to dedicate today’s Thankful For post to everyone who has supported Jess LC over the past fourteen years.
The “stylish” ankle bracelet design that started it all…
I would like to thank the fateful women that purchased my (ugly) ankle bracelets from me at the marina pool in 1999. Little did they know what they started…
I’d like to thank my mom and dad. After my first sale, Dad immediately encouraged me to turn my fateful ankle bracelets into a business at the age of 15. He encouraged me to grow, try selling online at 16 years-old, and even unknowingly gave me the insight needed to launch full-time after graduation.
Meanwhile my mom has more Jess LC items than any other person on the planet. She has dozens of my earliest pieces stored in a tray that I would have personally pitched a long, long time ago. Also, my mom really was my business role model. She made and sold crafts at fairs and to neighbors my entire childhood. So when my ankle bracelets accidentally sold, it was natural to grow a business modeled after her own crafting career while in high school.
Mr. Lively also deserves a hug and a kiss for listening to me go on, and on, and on about this new product or that new business opportunity. He was the number one supporter of my bag designs early on and he believed in my talent to go beyond jewelry design.
I’d also like to thank the ladies of Jess LC. Over the years I’ve worked with almost two dozen wonderful women of all ages. I would like to thank my first assistant, Gertie, for training her then-roommate, Susie, how to make jewelry. For the past many years Susie has been making each piece of jewelry by hand for each customer. She has stood by me during thick and the thin. She also has listened to countless posts and emails and helped me become a better writer each day.
Then there are the assistants and interns of Jess LC. These wonderful ladies are beyond talented, dedicated, and will go on to do great things. I’m so thankful for their help and support along the way. They have helped make Jess LC truly special for our customers. Melissa deserves an extra thanks for going above and beyond the call of duty for so many, many years.
I would also like to write a special thank you to my business mentor, Mitch. I meet with him monthly for guidance, wisdom, and a good discussion on the growth and progress of the company. He has been behind me all the way and I cannot thank him enough for listening to me talk for the past four years. (I also hope he continues to assist in the future of my career as well.)
Of course I also need to thank the many, many store owners who have purchased our products. They have helped us grow and thrive across the US and Canada. They believed in my products and the buyers were a joy to work with.
And of course, I cannot leave out my early sales reps, they helped Jess LC distribution climb dramatically just before the recession, which made all the difference during that tough time.
I must also send out a salute to the Jess LC collaborators, models, and photographers who have helped bring new and exciting products and lookbooks to the Jess LC shop. It was a pleasure to work with such talented people. I’m also honored to now call these women (and men) my friends.
On top of all the support I’ve listed I cannot help but share the magnitude of my gratitude for the Jess LC customers who have supported us over the years. Without these wonderful men and (mostly) women purchasing our designs each day I would not have been able to grow this little company into something so special. We are fortunate to have some of the sweetest, most generous, and caring customers in the world. Literally the world! We have huge followings in the UK, Australia, Canada, and Singapore to name just a few. It has been a pleasure to ship our products to Paris, the Netherlands, Alaska, and Japan. Knowing that our goods produced in our little studio are being worn by people worldwide is beyond humbling.
And of course last but not least, I’d like to thank you, dear readers, for following me on this journey. Each launch, announcement, and sale was posted here on the blog and I thank you for listening, supporting, and even purchasing our products. When people ask how I was able to grow such a successful online business it is largely due to your support and I cannot thank you enough.
I know many are saddened by my decision to close the shop. I completely understand this and dedicate the second half of my career to helping others design lives, homes, and businesses with intention. No longer will I be focusing on products, I will now simply be of service. I now will focus my time on contribution, meaning, and intention.
After all, it’s what I’m meant to do.
Thank you for reading and have a great weekend.