How many times in life does the hype add up to the actual experience? Well…A good friend from my Gucci days said, “You need to come to Beverly Hills and meet ALI!!!” “ Ali?” I said. Who the hell is Ali, and why do I “need” to meet him? She began to tell me the story, of Ali Soltani, the creator of Ritmo Mundo watches and how he recently signed a licensing deal for Izod watches. I thought, Awesome!!! Who doesn’t like a trip to Beverly Hills? I used to sell watches, I love watches and everything in my life right now is about my blog and bringing new interesting stories and products to my readers, so I headed to Beverly Hills to meet “Ali.”
Never in my wildest philanthropic dreams could I have conjured utilizing fossilized walrus and wooly mammoth ivory to provide clean drinking water to over 5,000 people for the next 20 years. Well, that is exactly what Monique Peán is doing through her unique approach to business and her creative jewelry. Monique was kind enough to spend some time with me at Couture 2011, and discuss her journey and inspirations into the future of her company and her designs.