Q&A with the Burger Queen herself
Oreos and Peanut Butter, Pizza and Ranch Dressing, Fine Jewelry and Fast Food. Sometimes weird combos are unexpectedly amazing- especially when Beyonce gives it a stamp of approval…
For most, a degree from Stanford and a job at Hermes is enough to keep ya feeling good about ya’self for a while. Nadine Ghosn had worked hard her whole life, but wanted to work harder doing something she was wholly passionate about. Nadine needed more, and she found “more,” quickly.
After leaving her job (which created some confusion and concern with family and friends) Nadine created a brand that within 2 years, has every major fashion magazine’s and celebrity stamp of approval. When we met with her, Nadine was fresh off the plane from Dubai, having just received a Vogue Arabia fashion prize for high jewelry.
Nadine is credited for bringing a whimsical sensibility into the world of fine jewelry. She broke the down the industry’s intimidating and overly-polished stigma, with lighthearted and culturally relevant designs, while maintaining expert craftsmanship and quality.
Now, diamond-studded-burgers can finally be a girls best friend.
by CHLOE.: Introduce yourself
NG: Hi my name is Nadine Ghosn and I am a newly christened jewelry designer. With no background or connections to the industry almost two years ago I launched my namesake brand. It has been an incredible journey with an outcome I could not have dreamed of! My goal – shake up the jewelry industry by introducing novel designs. I have been fortunate enough to have the support of Karl Lagerfeld, Beyoncé, Pink, Arianna Grande etc.
bC: What inspired you to start your own jewelry line?
NG: At twenty five I had a quarter life crisis. I questioned what success looks like to me. It was then that I realized not exploring my creativity or doing something I was extremely passionate about would not lead me to success, fulfillment or happiness. It is then where the opportunity to delve into this new foreign industry was afforded to me. A manufacturer was losing money and offered to teach me the ropes.
bC: You’ve lived all over the world (jealous!). Do your travels and experiences abroad influence your aesthetic and design?
NG: My tastes are continuously evolving and are largely largely influenced by the people and cultures I come across. I love nothing more than to travel and explore new things. That growth is extremely important and is a huge catalyst to my creativity.
bC: What is one of the most difficult things about starting your own company?
NG: The most difficult thing is being alone. Traveling alone. Making decisions alone. Celebrating alone. My goal in 2018 is to build a team – I am currently the only person working full time! I can’t wait to start celebrating and confronting obstacles together with people I respect and am aligned with.
bC: Oppositely, what is one of the most rewarding things about starting your own company?
NG: To see your brand develop and grow organically from nothing. It is my baby, my love, my sweat and my tears. It is definitely not an easy journey – but the high of some moments are extremely unmatched and irreplaceable for example: Karl Lagerfeld buying and supporting your designs and you as a designer. Meeting the AP CEO and having him become a mentor. Winning the Innovation Prize at couture or the Vogue Fashion Award. Being featured in Vogue Paris, UK, Middle East, Spain and Netherlands. Crazy crazy surreal moments that started off by people thinking I was crazy to give up my job at Hermes and my education at Stanford for a dream that was “unrealistic”
bC: Where do you see yourself, and your business in 5 years?
NG: I would love to continue collaborating and building a cult around NGFJ. The message I am trying to convey is clear. Follow your passion. Don’t let anyone limit you or tell you what is or is not possible. Be yourself. I am absolutely imperfect, I hate parties, I am not that fashionable, nor crazy skinny but am still making waves in an industry that is extremely competitive. If I can do it then I truly believe anyone can with the right amount of luck and grit.
bC: What is a piece of advice that you live by?
NG: Have a vision but be open to opportunities that become available along the way.
bC: What’s your favorite dish at by CHLOE.?
NG: Omg. Too many favorites. Firstly I love the beet ketchup. That shit is crack. I also love the gluten free veggie burger, naturally 🙂
bC: What does “Eat well. Eat with purpose.” mean to you?
NG: our body is your temple. If you are what you eat then what you intake is important. By Chloe represents amazing food for on the go, that tastes good, looks chic and is healthy. I love it.
Nickname? Burger Queen.
Emoji that best describes you? The monkey covering its eyes.
Favorite place on earth? Japan.
Cocktail of choice? Moscow mule, baby!
Top 3 restaurants (excluding by CHLOE. of course!)? Jiro (Tokyo), L’atelier (paris), La Petite Maison (London).
Favorite food? Sushi.
Top 3 favorite fashion brands? Gucci, Hermes and Fendi.
Early bird or night owl? Early bird.
Choice super hero power? Never die.
Go-to workout? Barry’s.
Juice or smoothie? Smoothie.
3 objects you can’t live without? Unfortunately my phone, my AP watch, my jewelry.
Whatcha readin’? Grit and Homo Sapiens.