September 12, 2016
Studying five languages, living abroad, and traveling as much as she can, Lisa Nik boasts a very international background. Her world travels along with a deep appreciation for history have helped Lisa find inspiration for her designs and new projects. She even hides international currency in her wallet for good luck, to remind her of her world travels, and to keep her smiling.COUTURE: Number of years in business?
Lisa Nik: I started the business in 2009, so September is actually my 7 year anniversary in business.
C: What was your first job, either in or outside of the jewelry industry?
LK: My first job after finishing a BA in Economics from Pepperdine University was working at Gregg Ruth and Co. in Malibu, Ca which was at that time the distributor of Roberto Coin.
C: What led you to jewelry design?
LK: After joining the New York offices established by Roberto Coin in 1998, I was involved in many product development and design projects that led to best sellers year after year. My 11 year career there ultimately inspired my desire to start a new brand and to design a fresh new look of my own.
C: If you weren’t a jewelry designer, what would your occupation be?
LK: I had always dreamed about a career in the foreign service. Because I speak five languages and studied abroad, I was on a career track that would involve international business. And, I was very interested in working for the foreign service.
C: Favorite pastime?
LK: Movies. Watching movies is the one activity that enables me to truly zone out and to escape to another world. I particularly enjoy watching biographical movies about people throughout history.
C: If you could go back to your past self and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
LK: When I look back on all the decisions I have made in my life, the one thing I would go back and tell myself is to make them fearlessly. I don’t regret any of the risks I have taken in life or in business. I only wish I had made these decisions, and moves, more aggressively and without fear or reservation. The process of making decisions could have been easier and I could have moved at a faster pace through them.
C: If a theme song played every time you walked into a room, what would it be?
LK: Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.
C: What gets your creative juices flowing?
LK: Gemstones inspire me to work around them and to set them into the kind of settings they belong in. I view it like a puzzle and the rarer the gemstone, the more in depth the challenge. I also enjoy reaching back into history to find inspiration from periods of time that can be reinvented into a modern day look. For instance, the Twisted Wires collection was inspired by stationery that I found in the markets of Florence when I was in school there. The swirls and hand painted effects can be seen in my rings and pendants from this 18K gold collection which I then accented with gemstones and diamonds.
C: At what time of day are you most creative?
LK: First thing in the morning and bath time. After a night of sleep, I think my mind is the most clear when I first wake up. Bubble bath time is for some reason when I remember things I have forgotten. If only I could have a pen with me.
C: Coffee or Tea?
LK: Coffee but only one cup a day
C: Savory or Sweet?
LK: Savory unless we are talking about Sprinkles sugar-free cupcakes
C: Favorite non-jewelry accessory
LK: I recently purchased a few pairs of Marchesa shoes and love the jeweled accents. They are fancy looking while still wearable with jeans which is what I always look for in fashionable non-jewelry accessories. As a frequent traveler, I am always searching for accessories that can dress up a work outfit while still being comfortable enough to run around in.
C: I won’t leave home without _______
LK: My international currency. I always keep a few dollars in different currency in my wallet because I think of it as good luck. Every time I go into my wallet to pull something out, I see the money and it reminds me of my world travels, and it always makes me feel happy.
C: Favorite holiday and why?
LK: Mother’s Day is my favorite holiday because it is the day devoted to spending time with my son without any distraction. It is the ultimate holiday that celebrates women and one of the most important roles we can have as women.
C: Instagram or Facebook?
LK: Facebook. I am still fascinated by how simple it can be to keep my audience aware of recent events and happenings via Facebook. When I appear at various events and functions, friends and colleagues still comment on ‘that post’ from last month or ‘the picture of…’
C: Favorite season?
LK: Summer is my favorite season because it inspires me to wear white, and to travel very light. We spend a lot of time at our resort boutiques over the summer, and it is the only time of year I can travel with my family on a more liberal schedule than in the fall season.
C: Favorite curse word?
LK: Scheisse, which is the German word for sh**. I find it gets the point across without offending people, and it can even make them smile if they know what it means.
LK: No thank you.
C: Least favorite food?
LK: Sweetbreads. Need I say more?
C: Least favorite color?
LK: Mustard Yellow. As hard as I try to make this color work, it never does.