There will always be people in the world who tell you that being nice won’t get you anywhere, but I stand firm in my belief that it is just those miserable so-and-sos who create and perpetuate that ethos.
Supporting my theory, and as part of a new breed of entrepreneur, Simon Ogilvie-Harris, founder of Chavin Jewellery, has taken an entirely different attitude towards business, ensuring that from the start it gives a little bit back.
Specialising in jewellery, and in particular silver, sourced and inspired by Peru, following a life-changing trip that saw him leave The City behind three years ago, Chavin Jewellery works in partnership with SOS Children and endeavors to provide the customer with the opportunity to empower women when they buy.
In its basic format, a donation from the sale of jewellery goes to the charity, thus delivering warm snuggly feelings all-round. However, this money goes towards the strengthening in the community programme, ‘Luz y Vida’ or ‘Light and Life’ to you and me. Here, mothers are taught skills which allow them and their families to become economically self-sufficient. Believing that healthy, educated, employed and empowered women are the key to breaking poverty cycles, Ogilvie-Harris seems to be going the right way about proving that luxury business can also have a heart.
None of this would be remotely relevant however, if the product itself wasn’t worth having, and what is lovely about Chavin’s product is that it is the sort of accessory you can wear all the time, glorying in the beauty of your own appendages as a result. Little leather wristbands with silver charms, drop earing, studs, and a personal favourite being the rose gold pendant that Chavin kindly donated to Spabreaks.com’s recent charity raffle for the first #bekindtoyou Women’s Wellness Week – isn’t it good when likeminded people come together?
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