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Exclusive Interview: Ivanka Trump
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Fashion Wonderland was honored to interview beautiful and smart socialite Ivanka Trump. Please enjoy our exclusive interview with her. FW:Who were your role models when you were growing up and why? IT: My mother and father were excellent role models who instilled values of hard work and responsibility in me at a young age. FW: You became Executive Vice President of Trump Organization at the age of 24. For you, what are the biggest challenges of being part of a family company? Is your Father stricter with you than others in the company? IT: I’ve learned a great deal from my father over the years. He taught me that hard work never goes out of style and to always be prepared for interviews, meetings, discussions, everything. Work hard. Create a strong and consistent identity-your name and reputation are your best assets. I couldn’t ask for a better mentor.
FW: Why did you decide to start Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry brand? IT: I realized the luxury fine jewelry market was missing a fresh, young design approach. That's where my jewelry line's vision of "Rock Tradition" plays a vital role-it's a modern twist on jewelry's most important classic. I've always had a passion for jewelry. I wanted to make women of my time feel comfortable buying fine jewelry and I wanted to give them the ultimate shopping experience. FW: Where does your design inspiration come from and what makes Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry special? IT: My mother's legacy jewelry collection always inspired me, and my love for the classic aesthetic helped propel my vision. Heirloom chic is the creative vision behind my jewelry line. It’s the youthful reinvention of important legacy jewelry. Heirloom chic puts a modern twist on classic jewelry, capturing a sense of fine workmanship, tradition, and off-handed elegance. FW: I enjoyed your book, Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life. In it, you mentioned that one of your biggest fears is mediocrity. How do you reflect your pursuit of excellence in your jewelry? IT: Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection was named number one new fine jewelry brand for 2011 by United Brands. I am extremely proud to have received this honor.
FW: What do you think of business leaders' social responsibilities? IT: As a young luxury brand I believe we have the opportunity and the responsibility to look into the multitude of ways we can build ourselves into a truly socially engaged and responsible company. I re-launched my bridal collection to be 100% sustainable and socially responsible. The process began with my role as a founding partner of the United Nations Foundation Girl Up campaign. I began actively researching the sustainable diamond market a year ago and my team spoke to several sources. The team at Waldman Diamond Company educated us about adding another layer of social engagement by utilizing only sustainable Canadian stones. We felt it was one more thing we could do to be a socially responsible company, and are incredibly proud to share this option to our clients. To compliment the sustainable diamonds recycled gold and platinum have also been incorporated into the collection to make it "truly green". Social responsibility is a core value of the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry brand. It has been an integral factor of what has fueled growth since the collection launch in 2007. I will not only make this an important part of the business model but am always open to ideas and possibilities of other areas where we can strive to be more sustainable.
Ivanka Trump looked stunning in her wedding dress!
FW:How do you try to balance your family and work lives? IT:It is always a struggle to balance family and work but I do my best to stick to a strict schedule to ensure that I can accommodate all of my obligations. FW: What are the most important values that you look to teach to your children? IT: The most important values I want to pass along to kids are those of hard work and confidence.