My job involves… designing wedding headpieces and jewellery. I make each and every piece individually by hand, so this is how I spend the majority of my day. I design a new collection annually and love all aspects of this, including planning photo shoots, brochure design and marketing the new pieces to magazines and bloggers. I also have to make time to do my own admin, which I like less.
I got my job by… having self-belief and determination. I set up Rosie Willett Designs straight after graduating with a first class honours degree in fashion marketing, but when I had little cash or industry experience. Many of the high-end bridal boutiques and wedding magazines were impressed by the quality of my work, so I built up an excellent reputation and the brand has grown over time.
The most rewarding part of my job is… receiving feedback from brides who are delighted with their headpieces, particularly when the designs are bespoke. Brides always comment on how exceptional our customer service is too. Of course, I’m very pleased to see our headpieces featured in the press, including on several magazine front covers and on TV.
The most challenging part of my job is… time. There is never enough of it to cover all aspects of running a business without it overlapping into your personal life.
My advice to anyone who wants a job like mine is… believe in yourself and your product and be prepared to work extremely hard. If you love what you do, it shouldn’t feel like work!
Head to the Rosie Willett Designs website for more information and to see the company’s range of handmade tiaras and headbands.