Interview with 𝐉𝐀𝐑𝐋𝐈𝐀 𝐁𝐘 𝐉𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐀 African Jewelry @jarliabyjolina
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
One day I woke up and realized that besides having a job to pay the bills, I wanted to feel passionate about my work. I felt like I was worth more, and I knew deep down that I could do and be anything I wanted because I had already challenged myself in 2007 by moving from Paris to London in search of a dream life. I was born and raised in Paris and moved to London 15 years ago. That was the best decision I’ve ever made; therefore, I knew starting a new career path was the right choice. Every day after work, I got home and craved a project to keep myself busy, and I loved dreaming up business ideas. The pleasure and love of learning triggered my entry into e-commerce. Since being a little girl, I’ve always wanted to study fashion and introduce African art and fashion in my work as I am of Haitian heritage. So I decided to build and create a collection of unique Jewelry and introduce them to all women from all cultures through Jarlia By Jolina.
Can you share the most interest in what exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
I was amazed and excited to see that the brand attracted public figures, TV personalities, and theatre performers. What I’m most proud of is when an American Haitian actress Garcelle Beauvais from the real homemakers of Beverly Hills, whom I look up to, shopped in our store. Not only did she support our business by purchasing a piece, but she also expressed her love for our Jewelry online. She did so by wearing and posting our QENA choker on Thanksgiving. We didn’t expect that! This keeps us going.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
The strongest lesson I’ve learned through growing my business is to treat your business like your baby. From keeping your projects private to being patient with them, letting them grow at their own pace, and allowing yourself to fail and improve. Just like a new parent.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
One day at work, I was sharing my passion that I’d been working on with a customer Thierry T without knowing that he works for a creative agency and media platform. Each time he came to my desk, we’d speak, and he gave me tips on improving my brand. Not only did he help me change my brand name and branding, but no matter how professional I tried to keep it, he insisted on helping me. I am grateful to have crossed his path, I believe nothing happens by chance and that everything happens for a reason.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Through my photoshoots, I have always allowed models of color to take part as they are often disadvantaged and put to the side. Therefore, I thought it was important to have BAME staff at my photoshoots, from the Makeup artist to the models and photographer. I often encourage women of color who want to start a business on my social media to do it, as I know a little bit of encouragement goes a long way.
Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act by your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” Napoleon Hill I was diagnosed with dyslexia at 8 years old. I always felt different and struggled to learn how to read and write. My Speech Therapist in France told me never to limit myself, and if I want something with all my heart, I will be able to achieve it. Today I am amazed that I live in London, am fluent in French and English, and running a business that I love.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube @jarliabyjolina on all social media platforms.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Now the aim is to launch and design my collection. I’d also like to explain our brand meaning and what our company stands for, as that is often a frequently asked question: Welcome to Jarlia By Jolina! Where personality meets Style. The Jarlia By Jolina collection consists of African Jewelry. Jolina’s owner & founder believes in using Jewelry to empower all women’s beauty, allowing them to make a statement and show their unique identity. IT’S NO SECRET THAT WHEN YOU LOOK GOOD, YOU FEEL GOOD. QUEEN, MAKE A STATEMENT!! Jarlia is the founder ‘Of Jolina Jean’s alter ego! A goddess that represents and encourages all women to be confident and free.