"I’m proud to support Meredith who has managed to successfully fuse fun, exotic design with an admirable social enterprise. I love feminine, funky statement jewelry and plan to pair the Real Orchid Necklace and the Fish Leather Cuff all summer long!”
From the cover of Forbes magazine as the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world to one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Spanx® Founder Sara Blakely still finds time to help women feel great about themselves and their potential. As Oprah gave Sara her big break by naming Spanx® as a ‘Favorite Thing’, Blakely is paying it forward by endorsing Moonrise Jewelry Founder Meredith Restein, a previously-undiscovered designer who handcrafts coastal-inspired jewelry on the remote seaside of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
“To say it's an incredible honor to be recognized by such a dynamic and successful entrepreneur as Sara Blakely, is an understatement,” said Restein. “With this ‘Leg Up’, she's given me the boost I needed to take my business to the next level. I'm determined to make her proud, and see this as my chance to realize one of my earliest business goals– to create new opportunities for other women in my rural community through a stylish and sustainable local enterprise.”
Moonrise Jewelry’s signature line of traffic-stopping Real Orchid Necklaces and innovative “Reel” Fish Leather Bracelets caught Blakely and her staff’s fancy, and Designer Meredith Restein was chosen as a Leg Up™ Winner in May 2012, which put her company in front of millions of Spanx® fans. Since receiving Sara Blakely's endorsement, Restein's business is thriving. Moonrise Jewelry has opened a successful new retail store in Cape Charles, Virginia; hired five new employees; and expanded its distribution internationally by exhibiting at wholesale trade shows.
“Everybody needs a Leg Up™ in the beginning of starting a business,” is Blakely’s philosophy. “I’m proud to support Meredith who has managed to successfully fuse fun, exotic design with an admirable social enterprise. I love feminine, funky statement jewelry and plan to pair the Real Orchid Necklace and the Fish Leather Cuff all summer long!” said Blakely, admiring her favorite Moonrise Jewelry pieces.
The Leg Up™ promotion is Blakely’s way of fulfilling her goal to “empower women entrepreneurs," by featuring winners like Restein in the Spanx® consumer catalog, its popular website and social media channels. It's inspired by her amazing journey from a one-woman company headquartered in a small apartment with only $5,000 in seed money, to heading a thriving $1 billion business.