The Designer | Nina Nguyen
Nguyen loved to help her uncle, a goldsmith, in his jewelry-casting foundry in Vietnam, where she grew up. After relocating to the United States, she kept designing as a hobby. In 2004, Nguyen took a life-changing journey to India. After that trip, she decided to change career paths, from the financial industry to starting her own jewelry design firm, Nina Nguyen Designs. This April she will open a showroom in Naples, and plans a flagship store in New York. ” I just launched a beautiful collection of druzy and stalactite stone jewelry,” she says. “The preview for this new line at New York Market in January received so many positive reviews and orders from stores and catalog companies.” She is looking to grow her business internationally, attending trade shows in Europe, Japan, Canada and China.
SWEETEST PART OF SUCCESS: Success is not about making a lot of money, but being able to o what I love and contribute back to society.
IF I WASN’T DOING THIS, I’D BE: A bum, drinking mojitos in Goa, enjoying the sunset and learning how to spin fire.
LEARNED THE HARD WAY: I started my business at a such a young age (26), I have had to learn so many lessons. Where do I even begin with the mistakes, financial loss an personnel management? I’ve learned that it is never too late to start a business, but it could be too early.