Back to Ganoksin | FAQ | Contact

How to get Michelle Obama to wear your jewelry


#1

Since the President and First Lady are not allowed to accept gifts,
how does one get their jewelry in front of the First Lady (in hopes
that she will love it, wear it, and spark publicity for the brand)?
Does anyone know how to reach her stylist(s)? Any other avenues to
pursue?


#2

Perhaps we should pool our recources and have a " Meet the Real
Jewelry Designers And Trendsetters Evening Out " jewelry party and
invite them ALL from the First Lady down to all the Congress women
and a few other who’s - who’s. Maybe the First Lady wouldallow some
portion of the capital building to be set up for a few hours so we
could showcase our exclusive designs I would suggest keeping it to
individual designers and REAL jewelery makers (Real Jewelers Meaning
you actually got polishing rouge on your fingers) although i dont
think it is possible to get away with excluding a few of the big
names all that money means they hold power. We could bring our best
designs we could hire some people and call them" Design Evening tour
Valets" they would escort the attendees around to each designer so
that all the designers could be seen during the meet and greet. It
would be important that the designers should NOT be famous and over
priced so that the "Design Tour Evening " would be part of the
presidents stimulous plan instead of a scandal wasting money
overpriced luxury items from a big name seen on 5th avenue.
seriously yours -

Gustavo Hoefs - goo


#3
Perhaps we should pool our recources and have a " Meet the Real
Jewelry Designers And Trendsetters Evening Out " jewelry party and
invite them ALL from the First Lady down to all the Congress women
and a few other who's - who's. 

Great idea!! Wonder if we could work with the arts council and do it
as a fundraiser thing?

Beth Wicker
Three Cats and a Dog Design Studio
http://www.bethwicker.com


#4
how does one get their jewelry in front of the First Lady 

Funny and topical question, since the end of that line is right
outside ourshop - 760 Market St., San Francisco - as far as I can see
it stretches just about due east, right towards Washington DC. That
just takes you to the firewall at the front door, though… Bring
provisions…

Sorry, Michelle finds YOU…


#5

I like the idea of the “meet the designers” thing…but how do we
make it happen? Who do we talk to? Who’s got the connections?


#6
Great idea!! Wonder if we could work with the arts council and do
it as a fundraiser thing? 

The arts council is the most likly best place to start inquiring it
would be a good idea to know where thier responsiblities lay it may
be towards thier own local artists.

I am leaning conceptually towards the fact that we the designers
being a fundamental part of the economy should be the focus otherwise
the white house cannot support people to bring economic growth to the
country. if we knew of an insider someone that see’s the value of the
contributions we as independant jewelry designers make to our society
they could perhaps help direct or point us in the right direction
maybe there is an fellow orchidian in the greater DC area?

goo


#7

I’ve done the 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago for a few years. It’s
only six blocks from their house in Chicago. Every year I hope to see
them. Maybe next year.

Ivan Sagel
www.wyzensagel.com


#8

the smithsonian crafts show should get her attention- juried
though… I agree with John Michelle finds you… soliciting her
stylists (which I doubt she has) seems a bit…naive…Apply to the DC
shows and hope she shows


#9
soliciting her stylists (which I doubt she has) seems a
bit...naive.. 

I wrote before a bit tongue-in-cheek… On a more serious note…
There is a whole machine in place to shield the first family (and
the second family) from people just like this. People who want to
sell something, people who just want a handshake. I’m acquainted with
the Chairman of the Republical Party in this region (acquainted, not
republican). They went to the Bush white house as a political favor
and THEY didn’t meet the first family… I’m also friendly with a
major rock band - nobody gets in. Nobody… It’s the only way they
can have a life. You can send the First Lady a letter - that would be
one of 40,000 a week and no, she doesn’t read them personally unless
they get flagged for her (or have the personal code).

Fishing is probably the best way (unlikely, but that’s fishing) -
hope she goes to a show or somebody steers her that way…

Or, just send it to her as a gift…

I’d be curious as to how and why anybody thinks they have "the thing"
that she’s going to be nuts for to begin with, though…


#10

Wasn’t there an article in last month’s, (or the month before), JCK
about getting your jewelry in the hands of Hollywood stars and on the
red carpet? It figures that it’d work for politicians as well. Sorry
I can’t be more specific, but I’m suffering from short term memory
loss. Could be menopause, could early Alzheimer’s, or it could be the
60’s, or all three. Who knows?

Jo Haemer
www.timothywgreen.com


#11
I agree with John Michelle finds you.. soliciting her stylists
(which I doubt she has) seems a bit...naive. 

Isn’t that the way its done with most celebrities (soliciting)?
Isn’t that what PR people get paid to do? If you want to get your
work into a store, do you not solicit the buyer? I don’t think it’s
naive to try it, if you can figure out who to contact. And maybe she
doesn’t have stylists, but I would bet that there is someone that she
consults on her wardrobe before major events. To bank on it being
your golden ticket to success may be naive, but I don’t think it’s
naive to think there may be someway to strategically get your work in
her eyesight. I think it’s more naive or just not logical to think
that she would find me considering the stage of my business right
now, it’s still quite new and unknown, and I don’t have the resources
to afford shows yet. If I’m wrong about that aspect of PR please tell
me. Like I said, my business is very small and very new so maybe I
am…“naive”.


#12
Or, just send it to her as a gift......I'd be curious as to how
and why anybody thinks they have "the thing" that she's going to be
nuts for to begin with, though.... 

Such cynics here! They cannot accept gifts, that is the reason for
the spawn of this thread if you recall the first posting. And who
says anybody thinks that they have “the thing”…but you never
know unless you try. Someone’s thing is going to be “the thing” at
some point, maybe it will be yours. She wore an unknown designer’s
gown to the inaugural ball and now he is known! I’m well aware of the
barriers in place to protect them, and I sincerely respect that. At
the same time, she needs to look good and who is to say that if she
really loved something that she received or learned about through
this sort of solicitation, that she wouldn’t be grateful that it
came to her?


#13

I would not want her to wear anything i have ever made.
Keep the Change!


#14
I would not want her to wear anything i have ever made. 

oh i disagree i think she is gorgeous and would love to see her in
my exquisite cherrywood, or beautiful yellow spalted american
hornbeam and silver jewels,

david


#15

It’s too bad that you have so little confidence in the worth or
quality of your work that you don’t think it worthy of Mrs. Obama’s
notice or wear. While it’s good to hold yourself to ever higher
standards in order to grow and improve as an artist and craftsperson,
it’s also OK to admit that even if it needs improvement, it may still
be worthy of respect, even from someone as beautiful, bright,
sophisticated, talented, and arts aware as the first lady. I too,
rather doubt that my own work is ever likely to reach her notice. But
were it to do so, I’d be honored and pleased, even if I also were
worried that it might not be good enough… If she liked it, I’d be
willing to trust her judgment on the matter.

Peter Rowe


#16

Well said Peter Rowe. It would be a great honor for any artist to
have the beautiful Mrs. Obama wear one of their pieces.

Alma Rands


#17
I sincerely respect that. At the same time, she needs to look good
and who is to say that if she really loved something that she
received or learned about through this sort of solicitation, that
she wouldn't be grateful that it came to her? 

Annie, you seem to have a good attitude, and I also admire your
intiative. Please take my words good naturedly and not pointed at
you in particular.

The above quote is why we have a “do not call” list. “I’m different”
“My product isn’t like the others” I’m not a salesman, I’m a
solicitor".

“No solicitors - THIS MEANS YOU” means you, too. That’s a sort of
famous story about lottery winners who put up that sign and the
doorbell kept ringing because of course “I’m not like the
others…”

So, yes, if anybody can be in a place where Ms. Obama buys and wears
their product then more power to you and good job. It’s not cynical
to understand that her staff is in place to protect her from people
just like you (us), it’s reality. When I said the White House gets
40,000 pieces of mail a week, that wasn’t made up, that’s the number.
Probably half of them are solicitations of some sort or another…
At our house, we call it “junk mail”…


#18

I’ve been watching this discussion with great interest. I realized
that I know of a rising celebrity who loves jewelry, I have a piece
this person would really like, and I have the contact address. So
off it went today with a business card and a brief note. Nothing
ventured, nothing gained.

Janet Kofoed
http://users.rcn.com/kkofoed


#19
So let's see. You just sent someone a piece of your work for free.
Funny, I always like to get paid for mine. 

So off it went today with a business card and a brief note. Nothing
ventured, nothing gained.

Daniel R. Spirer, G.G.
Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers, LLC
www.spirerjewelers.com


#20
So let's see. You just sent someone a piece of your work for free.
Funny, I always like to get paid for mine. 

It’s not the first time I have given a piece to someone I admire.
The “casting my bread upon the celebrity waters aspect” was
secondary, though not totally insignificant.

Janet Kofoed