Saturday, 26 February 2011

{Supplier Spotlight} Lou Lou Belle Designs

1. In just a few sentences, could you describe your business?

Lou Lou Belle Designs is a small company based in Southampton specialising in handmade bridal and special occasion jewellery and hair accessories. The focus is on creating beautiful, wearable pieces that you can’t wait to wear!

2. When did you set Lou Lou Belle Designs up?
October 2007

3. How did Lou Lou Belle Designs start?
Once I had chosen my wedding dress, I commissioned a bespoke bridal comb. When it arrived I thought it was beautiful but I had something in the back of my head saying “you can do that, Lisa”. I’ve always been artistic and love anything crafty but had never tried my hand at jewellery making. Once I
started I was hooked! Once other brides-to-be saw pieces I had made the demand for my designs that I needed to start up business was there.

4. Why did you set up Lou Lou Belle Designs
I couldn’t possibly wear everything I had made, and wanted to make, myself!
5. How many employees are there in Lou Lou Belle Designs and who are they?
Just me, Lisa.

6. How did you decide on your business name?
“Lou Lou Belle” is my nickname but the phrase seemed to lend itself well to a wedding business.

7. What’s the best thing about your business?
Creating pieces I am proud of and receiving an email from a bride-to-be saying how pleased they are with a product and that my service has been impeccable. It means so much to me that not only my goods exceed expectations but that my advice and service do too.

8. What do you find most challenging about Lou Lou Belle Designs?
So many ideas, too little time!

9. What have been some of the greatest rewards from your business?
Again, feedback from a bride is priceless. To hear that their tiara or necklace received so many compliments on their big day is wonderful to hear and makes all the hard work so worthwhile.

10. What’s the best thing Lou Lou Belle give to its customers?
Honest, friendly advice and affordable, wearable designs.

11. Do you have any top tips for choosing jewellery?
When choosing jewellery, consider your look as a whole – don’t just focus on your dress. Start from the top - your hair style will affect the type of tiara, band or comb and the materials used may be dictated by any detailing on your dress. Your hair accessory will in turn determine the style of jewellery that will suit your bridal look best.

12. What three pieces of advice would you give to anyone who wants to run their own business?
Be prepared for long hours, Build good relationships with suppliers, and  Really, really love what you do!

13. Where can I find out more about Lou Lou Belle Designs?

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