Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in jewelry but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tal Man, Founder and CEO of Talia Jewelry, located in New York, NY, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Talia is a new female-founded lifestyle brand that is redefining the way jewelry is created, bought, experienced, and (re)used. Our Talia is different than other necklaces; it’s a personal story that falls near your heart. We create high-quality, interchangeable pieces with intention, envisioning them as personalized pendants that can be reassembled along with your mood, look, or occasion.
Tell us about yourself
I graduated from the prestigious Shenkar School of Engineering, Design & Art, where I perfected and mastered my deep passion for conscious and sustainable jewelry design.
As a feminist and environmentalist, I set my mind to it and found a way to build a brand that empowers both women and the planet: thus, the idea of Talia was born – enabling thousands of women from all over the world to express their personality and create their one-of-a-kind, ever-changing, statement piece, while using existing jewelry components and reducing over-consuming rates and global waste.
I’m also a (twice) recovered cervical cancer survivor. My passion for life, beauty, humor, and kindness, alongside my obsession with redefining jewelry to emphasize a woman’s personality and unique style while treating our planet with the respect it deserves, is what drives me to lead and develop Talia into a global brand.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest success story is yet to come. I’m always looking for the next big challenge and success.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Every day is full of challenges, but my biggest challenge was to create something that doesn’t exist and still meets the need and desires of potential customers. I believe that style is a matter of individuality, a true celebration of a woman’s self-expression.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Never give up!!!
- Be unique, be real, and be yourself.
- To succeed, surround yourself with the right people. There is practically no room for error when you’re building a team. Building a team is challenging. Mainly, understanding the difference between hiring people who will do the job and building a strong brand team.
Where can people find you and your business?
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