Five years ago, I was invited by friends to attend a jewelry show in Tucson. And to be honest, I really had no business going. After all, I had three small kids, a husband, a house, etc. You may know exactly how I felt. But, I did go, and that trip changed everything.
Armed with my own- savings I bought a variety of stones, pearls, leather findings, endings and more. I returned home and began assembling, surprisingly this came easy to me. Late nights, while the kids slept; early mornings, while my husband worked; and any and every time in between, I worked. The result was beautiful pieces, along with an empty fridge, piles of laundry, and more dust than usual … but somehow, it all got done.
Unsure of where this path would take me, my thoughts moved to questions about what people would actually like. So, I reached out to someone who knows the retail business inside and out – to my surprise and excitement she was interested in my creations and placed an order on the spot.
A whirlwind of activity followed; creating a larger inventory, line sheets, reference numbers, pricing, telling my husband I had launched a jewelry line, and so on. But I got through it. In addition to Terrain, today my line can be found in more than 10 stores across Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Nevada, and California. Oh, the name … that’s simple. Ria is the name of a character in one of my favorite movies, Monsoon Wedding, and B is for Brigitte!
Ria B was where it all began. But, as I gained more confidence and grew as a designer I came full circle into my own, and so did my jewelry. BRIGITTE REGULA reflects that journey of growth and transformation. Similar to the phrase on the Harney & Son’s tea box that shares my name, this line is “an elegant blend with style and substance”.