We’re Hiring!

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We are growing our team and are searching for a detail oriented, motivated, and enthusiastic individuals!  
Our studio is located in a a sunny heritage building in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver. We are an open concept studio + showroom + office and all positions require a close working relationship with the designer and other team members. 
 
E-Commerce Manager (Full time)
 
Requirements: 
- Must have excellent communication skills- both written and verbal. Ideal candidate is highly personable with previous customer service experience, and A+ problem solving skills. Experience using Shopify an asset but not required. 
 
Tasks include:
- Website order fulfillment
- Updating website with new products and maintaining inventory
- Customer service emails and phone calls  
- Shipping and logistics
- Management of showroom samples
- Assisting with showroom appointments and in-studio shoppers.
 
 

Jewellery Production Assistant: (3-5 days per week)

Requirements: 
- Must have excellent attention to colour, detail and quality, but still be able to produce work quickly
- Excellent eyesight and dexterity- most of the pieces and chains used in our jewellery are tiny and delicate 
- Jewellery experience working with fine wire and pliers 
 
Tasks include:
- Wire-wrapping gemstones and beads
- Jumpring assembly 
- Gemstone matching and quality control
- Light hammering
- Organizing supplies
- Packing up orders for shipment 
- Occasionally assisting in studio shoppers 
- Implement and maintain organizational systems for product and supplies
 
 
Social Media Intern: (3-5 days per week)
 
Requirements:
You are media-hungry creative with a strong understanding and design standard for what makes a good image (probably a fellow Pinterest addict!) Experience editing content and photos, and interested in learning more on mastering social media. You have a passion for all things design related, not only in fashion but also interior design, travel, food, graphics and blogging. Please include any links to your Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, and/or Blog if you have one. It’s very important for us to have a solid understanding of your design aesthetic to ensure it compliments ours so please include as many links to as possible to both to your work and work that inspires you or that you identify with (for example- naming your top 5 favourite Instagram accounts!) Your must be self-motivated, with loads of initiative to come up with new creative ideas. 
 
Tasks Incude:
-Conceptualizing Instagram photos and insta-stories
-Content creation with iPhone and DSLR 
-Sourcing image inspiration to include in social media posts 
-Creative writing and copywriting for social media captions and blog posts
-Maintaining social media calendar 
-Organizing image folders
 
Are you our next gem? Please email your resume and availability to leah@leahalexandra.com. Please include job title in Subject Line.  We can only respond to qualified applicants.
 
Looking for 3 to 5 days per week, hours are 9-5 weekdays. 
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Come on In! Studio Tour featured in Style at Home

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Up until 3 years ago- I ran my business from the den of our Vancouver home. While convenient, and overhead-saving, years of waking up and already being at work had run its course and my then 2 employees and I were outgrowing the space.

Searching for office space in one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets was disheartening to say the least, but eventually I stumbled upon this Gastown diamond-in-the-rough that had sat unwanted for months, and immediately saw past its murky green walls, dated finishings and cat pee smell! (see before pics here) Two months of renos and it began to seem as though my Pinterest page was coming to life. Getting the keys to this dream space remains the proudest “pinch me” moment in my 11 years of designing and making jewelry.

The studio was recently featured in Style at Home, in a six-page spread in the magazine. They were impressed at how many domestic comforts I brought into the workspace and seeing the home away from home I created for our team and for our customers. Read on for the tour! Photos by Tracey Ayton.

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Thank-you for voting us Best Instagram!

Best Instagram Winner - Leah Alexandra Jewelry Photography and managing our social media accounts is truly one of my favorite parts of running my jewelry business, so when I found out we won BC Living’s Social Award for “Best Instagram” I was beyond thrilled! See the full round-up here. Congrats to the winners in the other categories: Jillian Harris, Blush Photography, Erin Ireland, Jill Lansky, Camilla Lee, Winter Daisy, and Todd Talbot.

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Travel Diary – Baja, Mexico

Beach Jewels in Cabo, Mexico

Wild donkeys in Baja, MexicoDesigning on the beach at the One and Only Palmilla
Otomi textiles in Mexico

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Hierbabuena Farm in Pescadero, Mexico

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Drift Hotel in San Jose del CaboImages From Top- 1. Beach Jewels: Opal Cuff, Aquamarine and Turquoise Social bracelets, location: One & Only Palmilla 2. Wild donkeys on the East Cape of Baja, Mexico 3. When inspiration strikes! Designing some new jewels on the beach 4. Otomi textiles I purchased, Rings: Rose quartz Aura, Rainbow, London blue topaz Channel, Bracelets: Sydney Cuffs, Trillium Cuff 5. Breakfast at Flora Farms 5. & 6. Exploring the town of Todos Santos (vintage Oaxacan dress) 7. & 8. Hierbabuena Farms in Pescadero, a must visit! 9. Beach in Todos Santos, One-piece from Marysia Swimwear 10. Turquoise Gem ring, Bead band, Minor ring 11. Drift Hotel in San Jose.

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New Collection Launching at Capsule New York Women’s Accessories!

capsule-show-new-york-leah-alexandra-jewelryWe’re packing up the new collection to exhibit at Capsule New York this weekend! Can’t wait to see all our retailers and meet new ones. September 17, 18, 19 from 9:30 – 6:30. We’ll be at booth # 22, stop by or email leah@leahalexandra.com for appointments. Our next show is Capsule LA, October 17 & 18 at the CMC.

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Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Leah Alexandra StudioLeah Alexandra Entrepreneur BlogEntrepreneurship has always been one of my favourite subjects- I could listen to startup stories all day long. It has been nearly a decade since I launched my jewelry line and I’ve learned some things over the years to share with all you dreamers and risk takers.

Live & breathe it and keep going… Be obsessed and nothing less. Get as much experience in every facet of the industry, which in my case included an internship with a goldsmith and working various jobs in both the wholesale and retail sides of the jewelry business. I loved the book “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell where he dissects success stories and explains how researchers concluded on ten thousand hours as the magic number for true expertise in any industry. The point is if you work hard enough and assert yourself, you can shape the world to your desires. Achievement is talent plus preparation.

Wear a lot of hats but know when to take them off  Okay not literally, although I do love a good hat! In the very beginning when budgets can be limiting- you have to manage a lot of roles and make it work. For me that meant not only being a designer and making the jewelry, but also being a photographer, graphic & web designer, bookkeeper, managing sales, marketing, PR & employees on top of that. If I didn’t know how to do something, I’d learn how. There are so many resources online. The other side of this is when business gets going you will start to spread yourself thin so you have to know when to let go, delegate, ask for help and hire people to do the tasks that are not necessarily your strength or area of expertise. No one is good at everything and seeking quality help is the key to achieving more.

Build your community. Building a business on your own can be all consuming and isolating when you’re just trying to keep plugging away at all the building blocks. Take time to build relationships with other like-minded entrepreneurs. Share trials and tribulations. We all have something to offer each other whether it’s support, inspiration to think bigger and keep striving, or simply a new app that makes something in your life easier!

Money Talks. When you get your first order don’t be going on a spending spree- think about where you can reinvest in your business. Hire another employee, buy a piece of equipment or spend on a marketing strategy that will help you grow. When considering a purchase or expense, ask yourself “Will this translate to sales?”

Forget about “work-life balance” If you’re passionate about what your building, you’ll be immersing yourself head on. For years I have struggled with what balance was supposed to mean and feeling guilty that I wasn’t achieving it. I have a never ending pile of clean laundry that never seems to get put away, am always lacking in the grocery department, and often worry I’m neglecting family and friends. Don’t beat yourself up over it, you’re doing your best and you’ll figure it out eventually.

Follow your dreams and have fun doing it! Pursue your passions and you will get so much more out of life. Create something you’re proud of. Life is not a dress rehearsal so get out there and do it and don’t forget to find the humor in everything- including the setbacks! (Photos by Brit Gill)

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Breakfast at Reynard Brooklyn

Wythe-Reynard Brookly Breakfast Jewelry

Reynard Brooklyn Cappuchino

I recently met up for breakfast with the talented Joanne Pio (who took these photos) had to share! Reynard in Brooklyn is must for breakfast! Rings in photo include Moonstone Gem ring, Baguette ring in aqua and green onyx, and the Latitude stacking ring.

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Timeless Turquoise

Layered Turquoise Bracelets ringsLeah Alexandra Turquoise NecklaceTurquoise Gold BraceletsTurquoise will always be one of my fave gemstones, especially layered with gold. For thousands of years turquoise has spanned all cultures, sacred for it’s adornment and for bringing power, luck, fortune, wisdom and protection. Featured pieces include the turquoise Baguette ring, Onassis pearl ring, Liberty beaded bracelet, turquoise Fling cuff, and gold Sydney bangles. Photos from our most recent lookbook photographed by Susanne Kindt.

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Morning Light + Stacked Rings

Leah Alexandra Stacking Rings

Morning Light and a stack of Leah Alexandra rings including the Moonstone Gem Ring and the Latitude rings. {Photo by Leah}

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Blackberry & Mint Margaritas!

Blackberry Mint Cocktail

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