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Interview with HART jewelry founder, Hart Hagerty

HART creates premium fashion jewelry that soulfully adorns you. Whether you're loving being a mama or feeling grateful for life's many blessings or daring to dream bigger, HART has designed a chic piece to exemplify your mood.

where is your hometown?

Charleston, SC

what does your household look like?

A toddler girl, another baby girl due in October, 110 pound newfie mix, ancient black cat, and a lovely husband

what year did your company launch?

I’ve been dabbling in design since 2013, but officially launched the jewelry in spring 2016, Five years strong!

what originally sparked your idea for the company?

I launched my brand with my signature tassel earrings with the mission to create streamlined, elegant, and affordable tassel earrings (a wardrobe staple in my opinion). In the last two years, I’ve shifted my brand focus to ‘soulful adornment’ and expanded our designs to high quality, personalized gold-plated jewelry and beaded mantra bracelets. While I’ll always love a statement earring, my focus today is to create quality-yet-affordable designs that help a woman tell her personal story and empower her to live her most authentic life.

what do you love most about your company?

The freedom of working for myself. The exploration and education that comes with each day. The rush of getting a design right. Collaborating with other creatives.

What is a current goal you are striving for?

We are in growth mode. My business partner Curry and I are striving to build our team. We want to work with the best and brightest to keep the company dynamic and successful, while also remaining authentic and niche.

How do you keep up your mental health?

Exercise is such a necessary release. I love doing light weights with the Melissa Wood Health app. I also love walking on the beach of Sullivan’s Island with girlfriends. And the occasional ass-kicking sweat session at the Works, a local yoga studio.

Looking back on your entrepreneurial journey, what do you wish you had done differently?

That I trusted myself more in the beginning. I think I didn’t give myself enough credit and grace. Looking back, I am really proud of my work ethic and accomplishments, and I wish I had celebrated the accomplishments more and trusted my gut more.

if you could give some advice to your 21-year-old self, what would you say?

It’s cliché but true… “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

Fun Tips

recommended read:

I recently tore through “Miracle in the Andes.” It’s a harrowing true story that’s a testament to how far we can push our limits.

worthwhile TV series

Gardner’s World on BBC. I feel like a 90 year old granny when I watch it. But it’s incredibly soothing to see good old Monty and his golden retrievers putzing around his glorious English garden. For design inspiration, I absolutely adore the Quintessence video series on YouTube, which gives home tours of the houses of the world’s best interior designers.

Vacation spot you still dream about:

South of France (or anywhere along the Mediterranean). We plan to rent a house for a few weeks next summer and sink into the local culture. Closer to home, the majestic NC mountain town Cashiers is near and dear to my heart and is a favorite way to escape Charleston heat.

Song on repeat:

”The Love I Lost” by Harold and the Blue Notes. This infectiously upbeat disco dance tune is a paradox – the lyrics are about a sad breakup! It gets me dancing no matter what mood I am.

Cocktail of choice:

Dirty vodka martini with extra olives

Entertaining tip or trick:

Send a hand-written invitation in the mail. I love to illustrate my own invites on paper with watercolors and color pencil. It sets the tone that you’re about to host something special and gives guests a pep in their step with something to look forward to. Also, do as much as you can leading up to the big day. Lay out the bar. Set the table. Grocery shop.

Recent purchase that delighted you:

I am a big believer in investing in great shoes. With great jewelry and shoes, you’ll always look like a million bucks – even if you’re in jeans and a tee. I recently purchase a pair of Loewe sandals that I adore, and have my eye on the chunky Prada loafers for fall.

Skincare MVP:

It’s all about the chemical exfoliation: glycolic acid toner by The Ordinary and classic Rx retinol cream. That said, cutting out sugar and alcohol does wonders. When all else fails, get a spray tan or lather on St. Tropez after a shower for a warm glow (obsessed!)

Essential makeup product:

Gucci Westman’s line is astounding. My hero product of hers is the Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer in Coup de Soleil. I also love RMS Living Luminizer and their concealers. Last but not least, I look 10x more awake with Rouge Electrique lipstick by Laura Mercier.

“Looking back, I am really proud of my work ethic and accomplishments, and I wish I had celebrated the accomplishments more and trusted my gut more.”

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