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Selling Design: Lauren Kulchinsky Levison

Published in the May2012 issue

I love me some Chanel, oh yes, I do. In any city in the world, you can find me drooling over some fantasy confection that Karl Lagerfield had in mind just for me to wear when he designed it (at least, that is what I think). Before I ever try a piece on, I e-mail my trusty Chanel sales associate and ask her if she has what I am coveting at the moment. I know she will not allow me to purchase something that will look dreadful or that just is not right. I also know she will send me a bunch of things to play with in my closet before I commit. Did I mention that my associate lives across the country? So … how is it that I owe allegiance to a woman who sells a brand that I love and that I can get in my home town? She is the brand behind the brand to me. She makes collecting my favorite brand more enjoyable and more personal, and she makes me feel connected to the bigger picture. Do you do this in your store? Don’t rely on only the brand itself to make the sale. If that worked, we’d all be out of business. Don’t be afraid to tell the client if a particular brand isn’t the right fit. Trust is everything. Do rely on the brand’s humanity and inspiration to inspire your customer. Do bring up wonderful stories of how you met the designer and why you feel that he or she is a good addition to the store. Smile. Touch. Man, you’d be surprised. Your clients should always feel while looking at your jewelry that you chose it just for them, and when they love a designer, they should feel that the designer created it just for them. They just want to look “oh so pretty!”

Lauren Kulchinsky Levison, Vice-President, Mayfair Rocks (Woodbury and East Hampton, NY)


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Selling Design: Lauren Kulchinsky Levison

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Selling Design: Lauren Kulchinsky Levison

BY INSTORE TEAM

Selling Design: Lauren Kulchinsky Levison

Published in the May2012 issue

I love me some Chanel, oh yes, I do. In any city in the world, you can find me drooling over some fantasy confection that Karl Lagerfield had in mind just for me to wear when he designed it (at least, that is what I think). Before I ever try a piece on, I e-mail my trusty Chanel sales associate and ask her if she has what I am coveting at the moment. I know she will not allow me to purchase something that will look dreadful or that just is not right. I also know she will send me a bunch of things to play with in my closet before I commit. Did I mention that my associate lives across the country? So … how is it that I owe allegiance to a woman who sells a brand that I love and that I can get in my home town? She is the brand behind the brand to me. She makes collecting my favorite brand more enjoyable and more personal, and she makes me feel connected to the bigger picture. Do you do this in your store? Don’t rely on only the brand itself to make the sale. If that worked, we’d all be out of business. Don’t be afraid to tell the client if a particular brand isn’t the right fit. Trust is everything. Do rely on the brand’s humanity and inspiration to inspire your customer. Do bring up wonderful stories of how you met the designer and why you feel that he or she is a good addition to the store. Smile. Touch. Man, you’d be surprised. Your clients should always feel while looking at your jewelry that you chose it just for them, and when they love a designer, they should feel that the designer created it just for them. They just want to look “oh so pretty!”

Lauren Kulchinsky Levison, Vice-President, Mayfair Rocks (Woodbury and East Hampton, NY)


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When Sales Beat Projections, You Know Wilkerson Did Its Job

There are no crystal balls when it comes to sales projections. But when Thomasville, Georgia jeweler Fran Lewis chose Wilkerson to run the retirement/going-out-of-business sale for Lewis Jewelers and More, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that even Wilkerson could one-up its own sales numbers. “Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded the goal that Wilkerson had given us by about 134%,” she says. After more than 40 years in the business, Lewis says she decided a few years ago to “move towards retirement.” And she was impressed by Wilkerson’s tenure in the industry. Overall, she’d recommend the company to anyone else who may be thinking it’s time to hang up their loupe. “As a full package, they’ve done a very good job and I’d definitely recommend Wilkerson.”

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