Cool Peep of the Week: Amy Hussey
WHO IS THIS COOL PEEP: AMY HUSSEY
Amy Hussey: I worked in television for nearly 20 years, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of All3Media America. All3Media America produces such shows as the Emmy-‐Award winning “Undercover Boss” for CBS and the popular reality show “Chrisley Knows Best” for USA.
Desiring to do something more creative, I made the decision to pursue my dream and opened a company doing what I always loved to do – design and make jewelry! ELIZA Designs LA has been open since September and has enjoyed an abundance of success, rare for a start-‐up. I grew up outside NYC, in a NJ town called West Caldwell. Having worked most of my adult life in NYC, I relocated to Los Angeles about 10 years ago to pursue my then dream of working in film. After working on several blockbuster movies for such companies as Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios, I took a job as a television executive at MTV, eventually leaving my post there to work for a television production company start up called Studio Lambert. Studio Lambert would eventually grow to become All3Media America. I currently reside in Brentwood, loving that like NYC everything I need is within walking distance!
What are a few of your favorite things?
I love all things sparkly – except glitter – it gets everywhere! As a child I picked a shiny ‘glass’ ring from my mom’s costume jewelry and wore it religiously. One day at a friend’s house, my friends’ FBI father took one look at the ring and claimed it to be a real diamond. Sure enough, it was! So began my lifelong obsession with diamonds.
My favorite things include my love of Tiffany & Co, my admiration of the iconic Audrey Hepburn – both for her style sense and her charitable endeavors – and any locale that has clear blue waters and warm soft sand. Fresh Brie cheese, warm bread, a bottle of wine and a vineyard with a spectacular view and engaging company, are also amongst my favorite things. One of my favorite quotes is by Audrey Hepburn, “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”
I admire any designer that can capture the subtle curves of a woman including labels like St. John and DVF, paired with the classic style handbags of Gucci, the sunglasses of Chanel and the designer shoes of Stuart Weitzman.
What is on your wish list?
I dream of traveling to the places that my gems originate from, and selecting them by hand from as close to their sources as possible. Such places include Tanzania, Brazil and India. To travel and meet the people and to experience the culture of these locations, to see in person where nature has deposited such beauty.
What is playing on your iTunes/Pandora/Spotify etc., right now?
Ex’s & Oh’s (Ellie King)
Hello (Adele) Used to Love you (Gwen Stefani)
Battle Cry (Featuring Jussie Smollett)
What is your favorite haunt?
The beach! Any time I can be close to the water is perfect. Otherwise I love to have a coffee in an outdoor café with a good friend, enjoying intimate conversation in a busy setting.
What handbag are you carrying right now?
Carrying a Salvatore Ferragamo black Gancio hobo bag, which is seemingly bottomless when I actually need to find something! It has a Tiffany & Co black wallet with the classic Tiffany blue interior, black Chanel sunglasses, EOS lip balm, NARS Risky Business lip gloss and Advil!
What song plays when you walk into a room?
It’s All About Tonight (featuring Katie Cecil) By the Grace of God (Katy Perry)
Where can we find you next?
ELIZA Designs LA is going to London! The brand will have representation in London starting in January 2016. Londoners will be able to order their favorite pieces locally. ELIZA Designs LA will also be expanding into stores in Los Angeles and San Francisco in early 2016. Stay tuned to find out the store nearest to you. Email us with questions or custom orders: [email protected]
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