20 Sep Supporting the Sisterhood – Kiwi Women in Business: Layla Kaisi
As a full-time burlesque performer, there are a huge number of facets to my job. I simply can’t do everything myself, so I regularly outsource some tasks/aspects to experts.
Sometimes we collaborate to create art together, sometimes I commission custom designs, and sometimes I just have a project I need help with. Wherever possible, I like to support local small businesses, and especially my fellow self-employed women. I’ve decided to write a series of blogs introducing some of the amazing Kiwi women that I work with, who help me keep my brand running. Over the next 10 weeks, I will be profiling each of them individually. I look forward to sharing them with you, darlings. I know burlesque is built on a very DIY attitude, but remember, when you support your friends, it means they can afford to live their dream jobs, too!
Layla Kaisi, jewellery designer
One of the many plus sides to being a burlesque dancer is that dripping in jewels is all but a requirement of the job. There’s no such thing as too many rhinestones, too much jewellery, or being too sparkly.
But offstage, I’m much more drawn to fine and delicate jewellery, which simply would not be up to task while performing.
I’ve been a customer of The GoldLane since early 2014, as my go-to jeweller to add the charms I collect on my travels to my charm bracelet, or to resize heirloom rings.
The GoldLane is a small, family-owned store in Auckland’s Glenfield Mall, with some of the best customer service I have ever received.
Layla has many roles in the business: she’s assistant manager, as well as one of the designers, and also runs The GoldLane’s social media accounts, all while she completes her design degree at Auckland University.
I usually prefer antique jewellery, rather than mass-produced store collections, but my opinion quickly changed when I saw an online teaser of Layla’s new collection. Rings are my personal jewellery weakness, and I immediately fell in love with one called Night&Day.
I made an appointment to meet with Layla and view the ring in-person before committing to my purchase. At our initial consultation, she sized my finger (I wanted it for the pinky finger on my left hand), and said she would need to make a custom ring, as my finger was too small to simply size down the rings she had.
What sealed the deal for me was the option to select the metal – the collection comes in yellow gold, but can also be made to order in silver, white or rose gold – and to choose my own diamonds.
The standard ring comes with one white and one black diamond, but I prefer champagne diamonds, and was able to swap at no extra cost. The ability to customise items to my own personal taste always makes me happy – I like that the final product is something wholly mine, rather than just a stock standard item that anyone could have. I absolutely adore my beautiful ring, and I’m already eyeing up my next purchase from her collection.
Layla and her family at The GoldLane firmly believe that custom jewellery is important; that the connection we feel between ourselves and the product is what makes these items special. She is so committed to ensuring her clients will treasure and value her creations that she will work with each customer personally, right down to stone selection, and she handmakes every item in her collection on a made-to-order basis.
The GoldLane is committed to sustainable and ethically-sourced materials – something I, too, am a firm believer in – and all of the diamonds that they use are certified as conflict-free. As well as her own collection of designs, Layla can assist in the remodelling of heirloom jewellery, or can create something brand new and unique just for you.
Support the Sisterhood: You can view and purchase Layla’s collection here, and follow The GoldLane on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with their latest releases and custom projects. If you want to see their amazing work in person, head along to their store in Glenfield Mall.
It’s the final instalment of my Supporting the Sisterhood series next Wednesday, but I’m not giving you any hints this time, so make sure you come back to meet one final Kiwi woman running an amazing business.