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Remaining in business strongly as a brand especially a small business, it ain’t easy.

I came to the United States 15 years ago with a mission and vision to create a better future for me and my husband. Then Came Evelyn Brooks Designs LLC, with the vision and mission to create jewelry inspired by my Peruvian heritage fused with modern designs making an impact in people’s life.

Throughout the years I also needed to develop a voice that speaks about my experience as an immigrant trying to live, and sometimes survive living in a different country, respecting the values of my new home country, adjusting to the language barriers (which gave me headaches in the beginning), adjusting to my American husband, etc. I firmly believe that all the experiences professionally and personally I lived could help others so I launched “Two world’s one chica”  my blog, is a combination of style & beauty, cultural issues living my “Two Worlds One Chica” life and business advice to help other mompreneurs achieve the success they want; while balancing my life raising a  family who respects and loves the beauty of our home country Perú and our new country United States. I have two kids, an extremely energetic, fun and friendly ten years old and a very demanding, strong will six years old. I truly hope they love the beauty of living our “TWO WORLDS”.

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Building a brand for fifteen years had given me the opportunity to share my knowledge through educational programs at the Montgomery College creating and teaching a course called Making Jewelry “a Creative and Lucrative Experience”. I was also granted the opportunity to host a segment during Buenos Días DC with Silvana Quiroz,we called the segment “Joyeria desde su Casa” or “Making jewelry from home” where I taught how to make easy jewelry projects from home, how to entertain kids while been creative making jewelry, bringing opportunities to our Latin community in the DMV area.

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My work began to get noticed by my Embassy of Peru in Washington DC. And since then, I have been deeply involved with projects hosted by the Embassy of Peru in Washington DC. I have served as a speaker at multiple Prom-Peru (Office of Promotion of Perú) and the OCEX Houston conferences in Perú and the United States.

I have also worked closely with the State Department, Treasury Department, International Monetary Fund, IDB, OEA’s among other organization promoting our Peruvian culture in the United States; through different programs like the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Passport DC, Taste of Perú, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Hispanic Heritage Month, Winternational, World Bank Annual Meetings just to name a few.

I have met people I could never ever imagine I would meet, strong women who have impacted the lives of other women in many ways.

 

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I consider myself an advocate and worldwide ambassador in charge of helping preserve our heritage in the United States. I also enjoy so much been involved in promoting cultural exchanges with Peruvian teachers to learn about Peruvian Traditional dances, so young kids learn about our culture and traditions through the dance.

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And then I am asked how do you do it? with a team of collaborators who are behind       Evelyn Brooks Designs, after all those years my best advice will be WORK, WORK HARD, the rest it will come, my name and professionalism began to be noticed and simply the right people started to pop in my life, people who I am still related, people who have given me the advice to continue growing, even celebrities have noticed me and my work. The truth stays in being true to yourself, and keep pushing forward.

All I hope is to continue having the strength, energy, and creativity to continue pushing forward as a mompreneur inspiring others to do the same.

Our fifteen years could not be celebrated as just another milestone since last year we began working on a new on a project that is finally ready to launch “Peru Gift Shop” It is an online shop that gives the opportunity to shop for sustainable eco-friendly gifts and accessories hand-made in Perú. Each of the products has a meaningful story behind each piece while “Empowering women artisans through personal economic development, with a focus on environmental sustainability” we are donating a percentage of each sale to different social projects in Perú.

Thank YOU for these 15 years and especially to those who are supporting our new venture “Peru Gift Shop by Evelyn Brooks Designs”, stay tuned for details where we will be next.

 

Sincerely 

Evelyn Brooks 

And… I was asked who you designed your pieces for?

My designs are for elegant, sophisticated, independent women, with a strong personality but also with a great heart.
This year we turned 15 years old since Evelyn Brooks Designs launched its operations in 2004.
Clients like Mrs. Frances Crespo, one of my first customers, who has surprised me wearing one of my early designs for her professional photo shoot.

Women like her motivate me, she has my pieces for years, it is one of her favorite pieces and she still remembers me. All this and more helps this mompreneur to keep going.
In many ways this hard working lady Frances Crespo, who is also an entrepreneur formerly from Puerto Rico, who has been recognized for her work in many opportunities, she is a clear example that success doesn’t happen overnight, you can build it with your own actions and always having the right people surrounding you.

Cheers for 15 more years of EBD, and for all those beautiful projects in 2019

Frances thank YOU for your trust and preference over the years. Even though we don’t get to see each other often; respect and admiration are always there for you.

BY FRANCES CRESPO …

51311824_10156148836968177_4137478391513219072_nI love supporting other women business owners. Evelyn Brooks and I met in Washington DC when she was starting her jewelry design company about the same time I started mine 15 yrs ago. I’m excited to see that we are still doing our thing and being influencers for good in our communities and respective industry. The piece of jewelry that I’m wearing is from her first collection, it’s one of my favorite pieces and I knew I had to wear for my first professional photo shoot. Keep up the amazing work you are doing, and let’s keep supporting one another!

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End of the weekly grind and so much to be thankful. When you are following your dreams of being an influencer for good, you have to get out of your own way and be seen which is hard for me because I’m very happy working in the background and being behind the scenes. Being seen is the only way you are going to effect change.

Esmeralda Heras, thanks for being so patient with me during my first professional photo shoot, the pictures are out of this world beautiful. You have an amazing gift to capture the essence of the soul that only you can see through your camera lens. I’m amazed at how beautiful they turned out and how patiently you waited for that faint smile underneath my cowboy hat to show an appearance.

Evelyn Brooks, thanks for using my picture to celebrate 15th years of you being in business. It’s an honor for me to wear your jewelry because I know you represent the professional business women, working hard every day doing great things not only in business but in your community as well.

Shirley Solis, thanks for believing in me. I’m so excited to be a guest speaker at your next Shirley Solis- Live Life! event in April. You have such a heart and passion to see women heal from the inside out and I wouldn’t be doing this without your trust and support, more like a big push!

“If you are going to be an influencer for good, you need to be seen!” ~Frances

#influencerforgood #needtobeseen #strongbusinesswoman

Photo credit: Heras & Company Photography

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