We had the good fortune of connecting with Donna Sugimoto and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Donna, what is the most important factor behind your success? The success of your brand?
If you can turn your creative ideas and concepts into something people resonate with, all while enjoying the process, you know you and your brand are on the right track.

For us, our success lies behind our basic foundation—jewelry with intention. We aspire to spread more Solful Synergy—Positivity, Joy and Harmony—into the world through each handcrafted SOLSISS piece we create.

We’ve been fortunate to have such positive responses from our customers and community who are wearing and sharing our designs. When we hear comments like, “I don’t know what it is about this bracelet, but I don’t want to take it off,” or “I love how I feel when I’m wearing my jewelry,” we feel our intention of spreading good vibes into the world is manifesting. SOLSISS is fulfilling our purpose and it inspires us to keep on “keeping on.”

Feeling the Solful Synergy flowing from our hearts while doing what we love, and knowing our customers are feeling it too, for us that is the ultimate success!

What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?

We would like everyone to know that SOLSISS is about spreading more positivity, joy and harmony into the world. And we are! We believe positive energy is infectious (in a good way). Besides carrying the natural properties of its gemstones, each piece of our handcrafted jewelry is Reiki-infused, and created with love and intention. They are designed with Lava stones which can be dabbed with essential oils to act as natural diffusers while you wear it. We especially love to add removable affirmation charms that can be changed out, depending on what word resonates with you that day.

We started our small business, locally and our first customers, of course, were our immediate circle of friends. Now our SOLSISS circle is getting wider. Our customers not only buy pieces for themselves to wear but also to spread Solful Synergy by gifting our jewelry to their friends and family. We’ve made special gifts for milestone birthdays, anniversaries, loved ones struggling with health issues, or just as “a little something” to cheer someone up. Knowing the wide selection of gifts a person can get from anywhere in the world at any time, day or night, when someone chooses a SOLSISS piece…Wow! That is a huge compliment. We are so humbled and so grateful.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A visit would definitely include the following, in no particular order: 

Bingo, Bowling, Karaoke, anything that makes your cheeks hurt from laughing so much.

A Bead and Gemstone Show: We’re like kids in a candy store! Even if you don’t make jewelry, there is something for everyone.

Shopping: Treasure hunting at second-hand and resale shops. A memorable and special souvenir doesn’t have to cost much.

Chill and relaxation: Yoga at one of the hundreds of studios in the city. Then a stop at the Self-Realization Center for some silence, walking meditation, and beautiful swans in the lake.

Nature: Driving in the canyons and mountains. Topanga, Malibu, Angeles Crest, there are so many to explore; Hiking the trails above the Griffith Park Observatory, the waterfalls above Altadena, and more. Just nature.

The ocean: Pick a direction, up or down PCH. It’s all so beautiful.

Veggie and vegan meals: Wherever we find a restaurant or farmers market just stop. We (and the animals) are so lucky our city has so many delicious plant-based options.

And for drinks? Agua frescas, smoothies and lattes. Again, so many places. Pick one.

Oh, and live outdoor music. Always a must.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a huge shoutout to my sister, Terri Bell who is my business partner and creative muse. Together, we are SOLSISS.

Website: SOLSISS.etsy.com
Instagram: instagram.com/solsissjewelry
Facebook: facebook.com/SOLSISSJewelry

Image Credits
Donna Sugimoto, Terri Bell

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