It’s exhilarating for a designer to partner with a retailer and have the opportunity to showcase designs to a new audience. It is even more special when the retail partner is one of the most revered women in the jewelry industry. Thus, I am so lucky to have met Marie Helene Morrow of Reinhold Jewelers, and to have had her believe in me and my collection.
Puerto Rico-based Reinhold Jewelers, as many already know, is a premiere jeweler in the Caribbean, and one of the most respected fine jewelry names in North America. The store was named Top Retailer for Designer Jewelry by the WJA (Women’s Jewelry Association) in 2003. Reinhold Jewelers features work by both local and world-renowned jewelry designers.
President Marie Helene Morrow – a passionate and respected jewelry connoisseur – has become a very good friend of mine over the years. She works hard and knows exactly what she wants and what will work in her store. In June of 2000, JCK magazine profiled her and, if ever a quote summarizes her recipe for success, it is this: “When I go to shows, I look for an artist whose work I will fall in love with… I have to love what I represent.”
Along with her confident understanding of jewelry design, I love that Marie Helene doesn’t compromise her personal convictions. Like me, she has a strong belief that women should not have to choose between having a career or a family (Caribbean Business, 2004). In 2010, she was nominated by her peers to receive the Couture Human Spirit Award for being a selfless and committed leader in the jewelry community.
Marie Helene’s incredible energy is expressed through her store and her life. She is constantly aware of everything that is happening in the world, jewelry related or not. She is always open to talk about business, life, or anything… While I was in Puerto Rico for a trunk show at Reinhold, she invited my family and me to her beautiful art-filled home overlooking the beach. We had a wonderful time and, even though my son almost destroyed her home, she still asks about him!
I’m honored to count her not only among my business associates, but also among my friends.