Something special happens when you connect with your passion. And when that passion leads to a business? Well let’s just say the results speak for themselves! Meet Tiffany Bobb, the founder of T. Victoria accessories. After years as a professional model and visual merchandiser she went on a spiritual journey, listened to her calling, and translated it into a stunning accessories collection that truly stands out from the pack a very crowded industry.
Prior to pursuing your love of jewelry design you worked in modeling and visual merchandising, what led you to decide to join the competitive world of accessories design?
I actually lost my job, and at first it was upsetting, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I had to examine my life, and figure out what I wanted to do. I started making jewelry for myself, and my friends asked if it was available to purchase. The first year was more of a fun, crafting experience, then I got really serious about it.
You say that jewelry design is your true passion – and the journey to get to this professional space has been a spiritual one – how has working from a place of passion sustained you during the ups and downs of accessories entrepreneurship?
Any career requires a lot of time and work, but there's something about working for yourself that's more satisfying. You don't realize how much goes on behind the scenes of a business. Everything that you know about a business has been created by someone. The look, the feel, the brand image, the logo; people created those things. I did those things for myself, so I love the sense of accomplishment.
The moment someone sees your pieces it’s clear they’re stand-outs – they really make an impact. How have you been able to have such a clear design vision and stand-out style?
I've always loved fashion, and put a lot of effort into my appearance. My designs have evolved, but I always created pieces that not only make a statement, but will sustain their appeal for many years. I know what it feels like see an item, get excited, and want to wear it with many outfits.
What have been some of the most difficult parts of launching your own accessories label, and what accomplishments have been the most satisfying?
The most difficult part has been all the technical and book keeping needed to be an efficient business woman. The most satisfying part is finishing a new piece, and getting its first sale.
You’ve managed to produce magazine-ready collections for not just women, but for bridal, girls and men – how do you manage to keep all the different parts of your brand moving forward?
I'm constantly keeping up with fashion news and current events. Sometimes, I'll shop for beads, and get inspiration for a new piece. I don't have children, but my friends' children inspire the girls line.
What celebrities – sky is the limit – do you envision wearing your pieces in the future?
Gayle King, Beth Stern, Heidi Klum, Nicole Kidman
Where would you like to see the T. Victoria brand five years from now?
Five years from now, I see my brand in high end department stores, having a larger staff to help me with the office work, marketing, and distribution, and always designing beautiful pieces that put smiles on people's faces, and love in their hearts.