I had a chance to spend some time with Jewelry designer, Ludgina Dieujuste. Ludgina is the founder of “I EMBODY™, a line of inspirational jewelry designed especially for women. We spent some time doing a shoot before the launch of her website for her jewelry line.
- Where are you from?
I was born in Jamaica, Queens New York. My family is from Haiti. We still have a lot of family in Haiti.
- Are you married? Do you have Children?
Yes, I’m married to a wonderful man and we have two fabulous children. My angels are 5 and 22 months.
- What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy traveling to new places near and far. Learning about and experiencing different cultures, people and food. Spending time doing fun and different activities with my family; while enjoying each and every single day to the
- What inspired you to start your business?
I woke up one night from a vision that I had. The words “I Embody” came to mind and I got up and just started sketching pendants using words that would help celebrate women of all ages all over the world. Being able to celebrate women inspired me as well as the idea of one day being able to help people all over the world. God has placed everything that I’ve needed in my path…he gave me the vision and has never let me go during this whole process.
- What were/are some challenges in your business?
Finding the right manufacturers is not easy from afar. Not being able to be close to manufacturers while working on designs and relaying all information through e-mails and phone calls can be quite challenging.
- Who is a person that you look up to or inspires you?
Not really a particular person but selfless individuals who follow their dreams, are successful and give to those who are less fortunate. It can be difficult to follow your dreams and goals; it definitely takes a special type of person. Individuals who make it happen and have a great story to tell inspire me.
- . What is the next step for you business wise?
Continuing to design pendants that celebrate women and eventually young girls. As well as unique styles of Athletic wear (sport bras) from “I Embody” to continue to celebrate women while they train their bodies to do great things.
- .Any advice for entrepreneurs?
Keep working hard!
Checkout Ludgina’s jewelry line, www.i-embody.com