“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.“ – Maya Angelou
It seems most companies these days can have a very short shelf life. With startups around every corner, becoming an entrepreneur or a Boss Babe seems to be in style. Building a successful brand that’s far more than a flash in the pan takes a great concept, execution, and perseverance. Today’s blog spotlight is on a brand that’s here to stay! Founded in my neck of the woods, Dogeared began in sunny SoCal back in 1991. Marcia Maizel-Clarke had been a buyer at Macy’s when she had the brilliant idea to launch a simple line of fabric chokers with pendants. Marcia has always been ahead of the curve as she melds personal inspiration and a broader mission to touch lives and change the world through her designs.
Each piece is handcrafted in their headquarters in Culver City and is filled with intention, purpose, and dignity. A proud member of the B-Corporation, their business practices maintain the highest ethical standards with a consciousness of integrity. Dogeared believes in using their business practices and overall platform for good. They also believe in a personal connection with their customer. As we connect through our stories and journeys, they use that as the inspiration for their designs. Celebrating the milestones and joyful life experiences shared by their customers, each piece is handcrafted with the utmost care and infusing this personal connection into the process.
I was delighted to make the connection with Dogeared centered around a woman I deeply admire. When I heard the company was doing a collaboration with one of my personal iconic heroes, Maya Angelou, I jumped at the opportunity to work with them. It’s easy to get lost on their site, as each piece tells a story. The legacy of Maya Angelou is the latest and one of the most powerful stories to date. A close confidante of Oprah, Maya could often be found sharing her wisdom on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She’s one of those women who’s deeply relatable yet seemed to be filled with a profound wisdom at a whole different level of spirit and consciousness. Having come through a lifetime of adversity, Maya was very outspoken yet always dignified and gracious. She was an empowered woman long before we banded together as a collective to empower one another.
I’ll never forget being mesmerized by her presence and the gift of language that seemed unique to this powerful woman. She was sharing her wisdom to help women to wake up to the immense power that’s inside of every one of us. It was one of those early mornings and I was getting my kids ready for school. As usual, the Oprah Winfrey Show was on and Maya’s formidable presence drew me in. She said, “When someone shows you who they are…Believe them.” It was a simple statement yet filled with the goldmine of wisdom that was Maya from her personal life experience. It was a moment of time that remains in my consciousness as I began to embody that wisdom. It was something I needed to hear as I was continually making excuses for others and always trying to change people for the better. I listened intently and I began to live by this philosophy. It wasn’t my job to “fix” others and to try to get them to be kinder to others. It was my job to understand who they are and accept them as they are. I’ve always had a deep desire to change the world to a loving, kind and peaceful world but the truth is…we can only change ourselves. That Oprah “AHA” moment was a life lesson encapsulated in an instant.’
When it comes to combing the Dogeared site, I’ll warn you, it’s hard to choose a favorite. I was immediately drawn to the Maya Angelou collection as each piece is dipped in the essence of her wisdom beyond all wisdom. Infused with powerful, inspirational language, each design seems to have a life of its own. I was drawn to the beauty of the cuff bracelets as each one carries its own profound message around peace, love, and gratitude. This pendant came in my favorite hue, rose gold, and whispers a message of gratitude. Dogeared believes that jewels should speak and with the latest collection inspired by the wisdom of Maya Angelou, they speak louder than ever before. Marcia, the Founder believes that good things happen and she’s a woman who walks the talk. A recent breast cancer survivor, she doesn’t let anything stop her from the mission she dedicated her life to over 25 years ago. It’s rare these days to see a company with such a high degree of integrity, investing in their employees and continually giving back to the world through profits and community volunteerism, succeed like Dogeared. When you believe in putting your mission and your customer first, you set yourself up for success. Marcia and Dogeared have proven that you can be a true Boss Babe and succeed in a new way and a new light with a high bar of professionalism combined with ethical standards.
You too can share in the profound wisdom of Maya Angelou and select your own personal jewel from the Dogeared collection. Just in time for the holidays and a brand new year and new you around the corner, Marci and Dogeared are offering a special code just for you. Use the Code SOCIAL20 and select a piece that inspires you…and while you’re at it, you might just want to share the love and put a little sparkle into the heart of a friend who might need some inspiration this holiday season. Cheers beauties..stay FIERCE…stay true…stay YOU! And a blessed holiday season.
Although I received the pieces as a gift from Dogeared, all thoughts are my own personal ones.