Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Tepper.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Rebecca. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started designing jewelry a couple years ago when I lived in Chicago. With such a vast temperature change from CA to IL, I had no clothes that would be sustainable in such harsh weather conditions. I spent weeks trying to find clothing that would not only keep me warm but also look stylish. Growing up as a Tomboy it was always a struggle for me to connect with girly things like fashion, so I tried looking at various fashion blogs for help. I found so many outfits that looked great on the bloggers but unfortunately I just could never pull off anyone else’s style. This is basically why my journey started, and I decided to create my own fashion blog. I started spending so much money on clothing that I wasn’t even able to afford jewelry too, my outfits looked so PLAIN without jewelry. I never really found any piece of jewelry I truly connected with- so I started learning on YouTube to design my own that I could then sell on my blog- and also send to other bloggers to wear as well- giving them a percentage – (This was before affiliate marketing was really a thing). Not only was I in school studying hospitality management, working late hours at a Gibson’s Steakhouse in Chicago; I would spend all night perfecting my blog, designing jewelry, learning to build websites, taking my own photos, learning Photoshop, etc. I spent every cent I made at the restaurant on jewelry supplies so I could create new designs to sell for dirt cheap online. I found something I LOVED to do more than anything else, I found my purpose. A couple months after I started designing, I was browsing through Facebook when I noticed a request to enter a competition for Miss Jetset Magazine, a 3 month online voting competition where the winner would be featured on the cover and take home $100,000 in cash and prizes. I did enough research to know that this competition was legit, and that I HAD to win, I knew this was a major opportunity for me; not only for branding purposes but because I would finally have the money I needed to take my business to the next level. 3 months later (December 2016) I won Miss Jetset and business just spiraled from there. I got to wear my designs on the cover of Jetset Magazine- then opened my storefront in La Jolla, CA almost immediately (with help from my mother who is a multi-business owner as well). I knew nothing about business- but opening Becca Tepper Couture (WITHOUT A BUSINESS PLAN) was one of the most difficult yet incredible things I have accomplished so far, and what TRANSFORMED me from designer to business woman. I have so many endeavors I want to accomplish business wise- currently working on many projects- and transitioning to an online only business so I can sell jewelry all over the world. Becca Tepper Couture will always be my baby. My designs are flashy and bold and they truly give me confidence to do anything I set my mind to. Every day I handcraft jewelry to match my outfits, it’s just what I LOVE to do.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Opening a business was incredibly difficult, but I loved every moment. I made plenty of mistakes- and every day I learn something new that could have helped me avoid many obstacles I faced throughout this journey. Learning new things daily is what excites me most because I truly love what I do. Every mistake has just taught me that much more, and I can’t wait to show people the power of finding your true passion. Every day is a vacation for me even though I work 24/7. Couldn’t imagine my life any other way.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Becca Tepper Couture story. Tell us more about the business.
I design jewelry, mostly body jewelry and crystal necklaces. My jewelry is meant to empower women, and right now I am working on my biggest launch (The Ellumi Movement). Ellumi is a bracelet I designed when I was going through something incredibly difficult. I got asked to design jewelry for the Oscar’s Award Show when my left arm was broken by somebody close to me. I am left handed, and I felt helpless. Since this day- I have never taken this bracelet off, it gives me a sense of power- and I want to help other women feel powerful too. That is my main goal.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think “bad luck” are just obstacles that are put in our lives to make us stronger. Learning to overcome the obstacles (and how you overcome these obstacles) are what makes us successful in the end. Every successful person will tell you that you have to fail over and over again before you succeed. Most people give up when they fail the first time- that is the problem with our society. If it was easy, everyone would do it.
- Website: www.beccatepper.com
- Phone: 858-663-6004
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/beccatepper
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beccateppercouture/
- Other: instagram.com/beccateppercouture
Will Topete @dagsom; Jetset Magazine