Part III of the exclusive interview that Janet Todd conducted on October 20, 2012, with talented designers Lisa and Danielle Frankel of Phillips House jewelry sold at Saks Fifth Avenue.
JT: “What message do you want to get out to customers with tonight’s event?”
DF: “Well I think everybody seems to be delivering a message to us, which is interesting. They’re all saying how pleasant it is and how refreshing it is to see something new, exciting, fresh, and young. We hope we’re sending the message that the jewelry is here, it’s worth it, and it’s worth sitting amongst all these amazing people. And it is something that’s classic and timeless. We want you to be happy about your purchase ten years later.”
JT: “Ten percent of tonight’s proceeds are going to Belmont Academy and Belmont Community in West Philadelphia, do you give back to the community often?”
LF: “Yes. A lot of business actually happened because charities came to me and said ‘can you create something for us so we can raise money, because we see what you’re making and people want it. How can we make this work for us?’
DF: “It’s part of how the business became what it is today, so we would never let go of our foundation. It’s really important to us personally and as a company. It was so crucial to our growth.”
JT: “What else can we expect from Phillips House in the future?”
DF: “We’re launching something that I’m actually really excited about, called the ‘Meridian Collection’, which is a play on your classic pearl with diamond earrings, but completely flipping it on it’s head and using really unique stones and cool finishing techniques. For the company, we were just asked to go to Saks in New York City, on Fifth Avenue, we feel so honored and so lucky that they want us there and they are making room for us this season.”
LF: “Last year or two years ago, we had Bravo knocking at the door, they actually called us everyday for six months. That’s not in our future, we are not looking for that kind of fame. You will see a lot of exciting things happening in our future.”
Lisa and Danielle Frankel are truly a dynamic duo in their designs and business. They are a family that supports and works with one another and are continued supporters of charitable organizations. It is notable that their jewelry has been featured in the iconic Vogue, Glamour, and Nylon magazines, amongst many other publications. Michelle Obama wore their earrings to Buckingham Palace to have dinner with Queen Elizabeth, and Kate Middleton was there also. With all the positive and high profile feedback that their jewelry brand receives, they still remain humble, classy, and continue to relate to their customers and the community.