What inspired you to start Danielle Nicole and what was the turning point for you?
Who is the Danielle Nicole girl? Describe her for us.
Tell us more about your Spring collection and what your inspiration was.
I noticed a lot of crossbody bags in your latest collection – tell us why you love that style.
What’s a piece of advice for other women who own their own company or are looking to start one?
Have a clear vision of your brand identity, study the market, and draw out a business plan. Strategy is key in starting a business, but know many bumps occur along the way … stay positive and determined. Passion leads you to success.
How do you “do it”? As a female entrepreneur and juggling a ton of things at once, what keeps you sane and able to keep things moving and successful?
Being hands on in all departments, always staying positive and remembering that everything will work out, time management and exercise (it is very important and helps clears your mind so you can think clearly).
Tell us one way that you keep adventure in your life or something new you’ve tried lately
I keep adventure in my life by traveling often for work and pleasure – I love learning about new cultures, meeting new people, going to new restaurants and trying out new and fun activities.
How many retailers currently carry Danielle Nicole bags? Where can we find them?
Danielle Nicole is currently sold in CUSP by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Piperlime, Macy’s, The Bay, HSN and specialty boutiques around the world. Internationally, the line can be found in Japan, China, the UK, Canada, Korea and Israel. We are launching in Von Maur next month!
What are some of the highlights for DN since I last saw you?
- Many amazing and memorable highlights! My signature Alexa Tote was born!
- Growing our distribution in major retailers.
- Seeing the Alexa tote worn outside the White House by a very well known and respected politician!
- My bags featured as picks on Piperlime.com with Olivia Palermo, Jessica Alba, and Rachel Zoe.
- Bill Cunningham photographing my bags during New York Fashion Week as well as meeting him.
- Eva Chen, Lucky’s editor and chief wearing my Alexa tote on Good Morning America!
- Alexa tote being named the best bag of New York Fashion Week Day 2 on Purseblog.com
- Featured on The National Retail Federation site “A Day in The Life of.”
MORE ABOUT DANIELLE
Favorite item in your closet // My first bag that I ever created.
Go to beauty product // BeautyRx Skincare refreshing cleanser and toner by Dr. Schultz
For breakfast you have // Oatmeal with sunflower seed butter and strawberries. Along with a cup of coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice (for the vitamin C), and a bottle water (to stay dehydrated)!
Item on your wish list for Spring // Pair of Oliver Peoples x Maison Kitsuné sunglasses!
Favorite saying or motto // Failure is not the opposite of success. It is part of Success.
Her schedule is demanding and as a self-made businesswoman she finds a way to juggle it all and continues to inspire us with her affordable but luxurious looking designs. My personal favorites are the Tina clutch that has a bit of edge in the hardware and the Brea crossbody in coral – I love the knot, it’s the little things that make handbags stand out. I’ll be keeping up with Danielle and her designs and travels, and you can too!