Today we’d like to introduce you to MC Mercier.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
L’amour a Paris is an online jewelry brand that I launched last November 2014. I have been working in the fashion industry for more than 10 years and when you work for a big corporation, sometimes there are a lot of protocols and company vision and direction that you have to follow. In that process, you can either lose yourself or find an “inner” creativity that you did not know existed and felt that I needed a change. When I decided to do a career transition, I decided to design my own jewelry line where I can explore my creative aspects and limits and be able to call the shots and hence, the jewelry line was born. I take a lot of inspiration from the name itself, which is translated into English as “love in paris” The jewelry is a fusion of the classic quintessential French lady meets modern-day Mademoiselle. Most of the pieces are very whimsical and romantic that women of all ages will be able to wear.
Meanwhile, my blog, The Parisian Panda, was just recently launched last June of this year. I have shied away from the idea because I knew it will be time-consuming but I knew that you have to be inspired at the right time and moment to be able to engage in blog-writing. The Parisian Panda is a fashion and lifestyle blog that predominantly focuses on my love for the cute pandas. It also covers different interests such as fashion, traveling, health and wellness to name a few. At the back of my mind, I knew that I wanted not only to write about my personal experiences in the blog but I wanted to team up with a non-profit that shares the same values I have. I have been lucky to be an official “panda partner” of Pandas International, a non-profit organization, that propagates the preservation of the endangered Giant Panda and that spreads awareness and education about them. The blog was a perfect platform for me to produce official products online. They are sold in order to donate a portion of the sales profit to the organization.
Has it been a smooth road?
There is a saying that success is not an easy road or a journey to take and I could definitely attest to that. When you have an idea in your head, the idea has to be feasible enough in order to be executed properly and most of the time, it is never easy. Several factors are considered such as financial costs, target market and the retention rate of any project you may want to launch. I definitely had some struggles along the way as there were people who thought that I should not pursue these projects for different reasons or thought that I should do it the other way around.
However, I am lucky enough to have people in my life who are also successful in their respective fields whom I look up to and aspire to become. So, with perseverance and tenacity, I went ahead and launched the projects I had in mind. It is very important to have people in your life who believes in you and believes in your capabilities and most of all, you have to believe in yourself.
If there is any advice that I can give to young women is that learn to take risks and do not be afraid to fail. The strongest and wisest of women and female entrepreneurs are the ones who have tried and failed a couple of times and learned their lessons along the way. To be completely honest, there is really no recipe for success. Any successful individual has a unique journey they had to take. You learn as you go, and I am still learning every single day. You also have to be open to growth and change because that will widen your perspective of life in general. And lastly, never allow anybody to say that you can’t do something — because if I was able to, I am sure anybody would be able to as long as they are strong-willed and determined.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Parisian Panda & L’amour a Paris – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
When people ask me about what do I do, it is a very difficult question to answer because I wear several hats. Back in university, I took History and Economics and then, I did my MBA in International Business. I worked in the fashion industry for more than 10 years and now working in the financial services for more than 3 years. I am also a fashion entrepreneur. L’AMOUR A PARIS (which was mentioned in the beginning) is a jewelry brand I founded and I design and produce the pieces. I am also a fashion and lifestyle blogger for THE PARISIAN PANDA and lastly, not everybody knows but I used to be a professional singer and performer. I could say that I am truly an epitome of an artist which sets me apart since I am knowledgeable and experienced in several domains and industries.
But what I am proud of as a brand is that I have always worked with non-profit organizations and am still actively involved in organizations that share the same values that I have. I always have that inkling that there is a greater need for me to do more than just me. There is a need for me to reach out to society, to help out and inspire if I can – men and women alike.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
I guess that my childhood was definitely lavished and comfortable and I have my family and parents to thank for it. They allowed me to do whatever class or project I wanted to do that molded me to be very worldly and open to a lot of things when it comes to learning. I also think that a lot of my inner strength and tenacity came from my grandmother and mother who were and are boss ladies in their own right. When you grow up in an environment where everyone is just pushing you to go up and be good at anything you want to do is definitely one of the greatest things that I experienced in my childhood.
- Website: www.theparisianpanda.com (for the blog) and www.lamouraparisbymc.com (for the jewelry line)
- Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @theparisianpanda and @lamouraparisbymc
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/theparisianpanda and www.facebook.com/lamouraparisbymc
Chris Salgadinho (Paris), Loic Ercolessi (Miami), Stephane Chiche of FLASHLIFE MIAMI