Call Lauren Kane for an Appointment at 718-761-6324
"Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I'd be where I am today," Lauren Kane
said.NEW SPRINGVILLE -- Lauren Kane is the first to admit that she
never saw herself advancing in the world of fashion.
Ms. Kane worked for more than 20 years in the information technology (IT) industry, a career that started with building data entry systems for Home Insurance Company in downtown Manhattan.
"I did that for many years and moved up the ranks as I went along," she
"I tend to get frustrated when I can't find what I'm looking for, especially when it seems like such a simple thing," said Ms. Kane
"So I said, 'How hard is this to do?' And I did it myself."
The reaction from co-workers and clients was so overwhelming, that she
began to make pieces for some of the women that she
came across during her
Less than a year after her husband, David, passed away after a fight against cancer, Ms. Kane
found herself without a job and having to care for the child the couple had adopted from China five years earlier - Xiao Xian.
Despite the lost income, Ms. Kane
embraced what she
saw as an opportunity to spend more time with her
daughter, who she
had previously been forced to keep in daycare for 12 hours each day while she
commuted to the city.
When the time came to decide which path to take, Ms. Kane
asked Xiao Xian.
"I gave her
the choice," said Ms. Kane
threw herself into the jewelry-making industry, trying to carve out a niche while fabricating necklaces, earrings, bracelets and anklets on a small table in her
Word of mouth "seemed to travel virally," according to Ms. Kane
, and very soon she
was holding showcases in her
living room, dining room, kitchen and daughter's playroom.
She peddled her wares at holiday and church shows, joined the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and did her best to advertise and market.
Business began to boom and Ms. Kane
home's first floor into a showroom and workroom, complete with a separate entrance for business purposes.
And while Ms. Kane
was ringing up brisk sales among businesswomen, girls prepping for proms and Sweet 16s, and regular customers, it was the bridal groups who began showing up at her
doorstep that really took the venture in a different direction.
CAME INTO HER
They'd change into their dresses and try different pieces to see which crystals truly complimented their color scheme and skin tones.
When "Manhattan Bride
" began calling her
about possible advertisements, Ms. Kane
had started to come into her
"The reaction of the models was so overwhelming," said Ms. Kane
, according to Bard's observation.
said at times they were literally picking a piece of my jewelry and then finding a gown to match to it."
Since then, Ms. Kane
has begun to market her
items - which range in cost from $30 to $400 for necklaces, $21 to $65 for earrings and $25 to $150 for bracelets and anklets - to high-end salons across the city, hoping to further promote her
(She's working on tiaras and combs as a next step.)
"I work eight hours a day, everyday," said Ms. Kane
"But I get to walk my daughter to and from school everyday as well.
And that's fantastic."
Jewelry, based in New Springville, can be contacted by phone at 718-761-6324 or via e-mail at Lauren@LaurenKaneJewelry.com.
Visit www.LaurenKaneJewelry.com for additional information
Lauren Kane Jewelry, 35 Slayton Avenue, Staten Island, NY, 718-761-6324