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It was another day at our studio in Alexandria, VA. When I as usual looked at my emails on my cell and read VOGUE UK on my inbox…so at first It was like OH that can’t be me, then I was like why not?

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So the email was inviting me to take part of the jewelry designer profile issue in their upcoming March & April issue. When I finished reading it I looked at my assistants and I said: YOU HAVE TO HEAR THIS! VOGUE UK wants Evelyn Brooks Designs in their upcoming issue, with tears in my eyes (AS USUAL)…LOL

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After all these years in business I have learned to remain calm, think twice, before making a decision and as much as it sounds as the opportunity of your lifetime. I said to myself, let’s find out what there is behind all this proposal.

Next day I sent them an email asking them how they found me, how they choose me, in other words why me? Many years ago, when I 1st started, I would have probably just jump on it…but I needed to know all about it and as I always say if the opportunity is for YOU, it is for YOU.

Of course I was curious to find out answers to my questions. Anyhow I would be feature in one of the most important sections of Vogue UK called jewelry designers profile. Vogue UK handpicked a selection of talented, international undiscovered jewelry designers.  Evelyn Brooks, met their high criteria. Their fashion team is always looking out for innovative designers; they loved the Peruvian influence behind my jewelry and the idea of using red seeds something so clever. That is how they came across my website and reached out to me by email.

The March issue was release on Thursday Feb. 6th and is one of VOGUE UK largest editions. It showcases the brand new Spring/Summer collections from the leading fashion houses. Reaching to approx. 1.3 million worldwide readers. The jewelry designers profile section is presented as a recommendation from Vogue UK to its readers who spend almost 90 million pounds  during the last year just  in jewelry.

Could I say NO?! Of course NOT! so this is just the beginning of Evelyn Brooks Designs coming to Europe. Now I must say my Spanish assistant Maite, can’t wait for us to do our first trade show in Europe:) since she is Barcelone;)

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There is still more to come for Evelyn Brooks Designs. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @ebrooksdesigns and also LIKE us on Facebook.

Have a great weekend!

Evelyn

 

This jewelry blogger is also a mom. On January 2013, two of the most important things in my professional and personal life happened.

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My daughter Stella Rose arrived earlier than expected on January 9th

 

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And the biggest order ever had to be delivered by January 25th. for Little Switzerland.

Then February came Valentine’s Day, and with it lots of sales from who wanted to give their love one a red jewelry piece.

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March caught me by surprise as I received a letter from the Cultural Attache of the Embassy of Peru Mrs. Flor Diaz. Inviting Evelyn Brooks to be awarded with the Successful Women Award 2013.

April & May were months to promote and continue selling Evelyn Brooks Designs as we got ready for Mother’s & Fathers Day.

 

 

 

June & July was off to Peru visiting friends & family, those eager to meet our little princess.

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August NO MORE BREASTFEEDING & back to trade

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shows. Evelyn Brooks Designs debut at the AmericasMart Atlanta.

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September, off to Miami to receive the TUMI AWARDS 2013 in the category of Entrepreneur New Generation. Peruvian celebrity chef Gaston Acurio, Grammy Award Winner Gianmarco & famous economist Pedro Pablo Kusinsky among other notables Peruvians & Hispanics were recognized during this special night.

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October, November & December are always our busiest months and this year wasn’t any different.  We also agreed to be part of Peru Fashion Night in Washington DC. Bringing the Gold of the Andes “Peruvian Alpaca” directly from Cuzco Peru to be showcase during this incredible Fashion Show.

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Evelyn Brooks Designs presented her latest ecofriendly jewelry collections with lots of flowers, silver, lots of intricate & exotic work, beautiful huayruros were part of the dresses and headbands. The audience’s standing applause, the jewelry work, and effort put during the runway segment of Evelyn Brooks Designs.

 

We ended December with another recognition humbly received from Done Vida & Eventos Vip Pass. For our contribution to help raise awareness about Done Vida.

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And an email from British Vogue inviting us to be part of one of their February upcoming issues. Where they tell their millions of readers worldwide who are the upcoming high end designer, yet discovered.

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Couldn’t ask for more, right? From this end I continue working hard on my American Dream. I believe that Evelyn Brooks Designs mission & vision is on its way to have worldwide recognition. My Peruvian heritage jewelry inspired pieces will be able to be purchase WORLDWIDE. Help us spread the word and think about Evelyn Brooks Designs next time you shop a jewelry pieces. Shop at http://www.ebrooksdesigns.com

GIVE HUAYRUROS & GIVE GOOD LUCK!

 

Now in my personal life I give thanks I had a father who gave me the most important lesson in life. You want something? WORK FOR IT! And my mother TO BE STRONG…ANYTHING U WANT U CAN DO IT! Perhaps I didn’t understand it when I was little. With very little education my father became a business man and had a successful jewelry business for over 50 years (still in business), still with goals to fulfill…amazing huh? He worked hard for our education, for giving us a bright & better future than what he had when he grew up. Now it all makes sense. My hubby and I are raising  two adorable kids and our dream is to give them the same opportunities we had when we were little, and as we grew up. I have traveled the world since I was a little kid, I appreciate the beauty of other countries. And I became more understandable of the difficulties of the real world. We live in a world were we don’t know what will happen tomorrow.

ENJOY LIFE, ENJOY THIS NEW RIDE  that brings 2014

Sincerely,

Evelyn Brooks