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Friday, March 21, 2014

Tweet I’ve been so troubled by the suicide of designer L’Wren Scott that I’ve been tongue-tied for days. Also, I didn’t know her; I don’t even know anyone who knew her; and I don’t want to presume to know anything about her state of mind. However, other people have no such qualms and some general […]

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Tweet In my paean to Elizabeth Taylor’s relationship with jewelry, written after the star’s death in 2011, I mentioned that celebrities today are sometimes paid to wear jewelry, unlike Dame Elizabeth, who owned her own diamonds. March’s Vanity Fair — the Hollywood issue — has more information on the price of red-carpet representation. Here is […]

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Tweet As I mentioned earlier this week, I have hired my very first full-time employee after eight years in business. Meet Eryn Patton! Eryn says her hobbies are “Netflix-ing, yoga on Saturdays, obsessing over miniature dachshunds, reading, constantly seeking the perfect cup of coffee, sketching, and hunting for treasures in thrift stores.” Eryn recently graduated from […]

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tweet A lot of people will be watching Breaking Bad tonight and I’ll be avoiding their tweets to the best of my ability, because I just started catching up on the show this week. I got through the first season and about four episodes into the second. I’m watching as fast as I can! I […]

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Tweet I was reading music magazine The Fader’s cover story on rapper Mac Miller and the first anecdote resonated with me. The story starts with Miller hunting for copies of his second album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, in Target, the day after the album’s release. The store nearest his home in Los Angeles […]

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tweet Last year, I wrote a story for the Huffington Post called “The Agony and Ecstasy of a Small Business.” It dealt with economies of scale, which is something I’ve also discussed on this blog here, here and here. In manufacturing, economies of scale means that the bigger the order (of widgets, iPhones, pens or […]

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tweet I generally don’t covet anyone else’s exact career path. You have to take the bad with the good, and I wind up thinking that one or more aspects of that other person’s experience wouldn’t be ideal for me. Like having to be Donald Trump’s daughter, for instance. But I’ve finally found my fantasy job […]

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tweet The price of gold has more than tripled since I started my first jewelry business in 2005. If you have questions about why gold costs what it costs, I have answers for you in these posts: Get Smart (About the Price of Gold) Get Smart (About the Price of Gold), Part II If those […]

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Tweet Earlier this week, in my post Get Smart (About $4,000 Suits and $10,000 Rings), I wrote, “Ultra-high-end is a stronger industry sector, so I’ve embarked on a deliberate effort to offer more ‘if you have to ask, you can’t afford it’ 18K-gold signature pieces.” Variations of the line “If you have to ask the […]

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tweet I’ve written plenty about the classic small-business issue of economy of scale: the high cost of producing low quantity (and the even higher cost of producing low quality without a way to distribute the goods). My Huffington Post story, “The Agony and Ecstasy of Small Business,” offers the most concise explanation, but you can […]

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