We had the good fortune of connecting with Claudia Washington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claudia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For me, risk is a necessity. The biggest risks that I do take are risks on myself. If you are going to extend yourself or your business , you should be confident in your brand and your abilities and just go for it.. this has worked tremendously for me in my eyewear business.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from traditional eyewear companies is that I use only natural gemstones and crystals to create my eyewear and each stone is handset and handcrafted by me which makes each pair of eyewear totally unique and one of kind. I am most proud of my use of healing crystals. I use healing crystals in my regular life to cleanse and purify my space and I wanted to share those benefits with others. My idea to adorn eyewear with the healing crystals was a process. There was a lot of product development and testing in the beginning but it worked out and I believe I have a viable product for the future that helps with the health and wellness of my clients.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anyone that comes to visit NYC would definitely have to visit our restaurant scene here in the city… the top of my list would be Chinatown … Canal Street. Great food and great shopping in Soho and definitely a trip to the theater district to see a show. The rest of the week would be site seeing.
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?
Yes! I would love to shoutout my team …without them I don’t think I would be where I am at now. My support system is amazing …
@NotoriousPhotos …my photographer
Mr. R. Harris, known as Notorious Photos