A dear, old friend of mine, Lilly Weekes, has launched her second business with friend Elizabeth Bonner, and it’s at the top of my Mother’s Day wish list. Heritage is a fairly new jewelry brand filled with chic, classic, everyday pieces that are the perfect accent to any wardrobe. They have rings, bracelets and pendents that you will want to collect, filled with meaning and heart, encapsulating family memories and significant moments in time. Their pendents are exquisite and timeless, and look best layered or stacked. These two close friends have created something very special, and their pieces are the ultimate Mother’s Day present. I'm excited to announce I’ve partnered with them to give away one of their signature mother of pearl Mommy & Me heart necklaces for Mother’s Day. Head over to my Instagram @mamaandtata to learn how to enter!
How many years have you been in business in NYC?
We have been in business for 2 years.
How did you get your start and what was your initial inspiration?
We started the business with the Family Circle. This is our classic calendar medallion. It’s THE most beautiful piece of mom jewelry that you can possibly buy and we think every mother and grandmother should receive one in a lifetime.
What do you feel differentiates you from others in your field?
There is so much beautiful jewelry out there from costume to the most high end fine jewelry. We make a lot of different pieces but the Family Circle is the heart of Heritage: Family and Friends and keeping those nearest and dearest to your heart hanging LITERALLY right on top of your heart.
What do you feel gives you longevity in this big city with so many options?
We love all of our customers, we take returns and we love what we do! We are going to grow and spread the love!
How do you positively impact your clientele?
Hearing stories about how mothers and grandmothers tear up when they receive one of our Family Circle pendants is what makes this little business so enjoyable. We are both mothers of three and sending a little love to another mom is worth the long hours.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Being able to give mothers the perfect present. That’s what the Family Circle is, the perfect gift.
What is your favorite secret NYC spot?
Central Park in August. It may not be a secret, but people clear out of the city and you can hear a pin drop.
How do you benefit mamas?
We give them a trophy for raising children. It’s the hardest job there is!
What is the most memorable feedback a client has given you?
Grandmothers are the most thankful because they get to see how their family has grown. To see all of those grandchildren represented in one place is so beautiful and touching.
Pay it forward and name your top colleagues in the same field or related field.
Editorialist is a great place to buy beautiful jewelry and accessories. We love Le Lion sweaters and Corroon bags. They have such fun bespoke options. We love to do trunk shows with them. We are always inspired by Mignonne Gavigan’s creative jewelry and accessories. She has a great Instagram feed, too.
What is the best advice anyone's ever given you? Or what is your "mantra" / words to live by?
Once you’ve begun, you’re half done.
As moms, the day can escape us, what is your best time-saving trick?
I (Lilly) always skip lunch and have a big breakfast and dinner. I don’t have time to leave the office!