Introduce yourself !
Hello, I’m Billie Hilliard CEO/Designer at Billie Hilliard LLC. I was born and raised in Houston, TX but now reside in Atlanta, GA with my husband and two daughters. I love God, family, art, traveling and anything related to design and fashion.
So tell us about Billie Hilliard!
Billie Hilliard is a custom signature concepts brand offering handcrafted jewelry. Every piece is fabricated through an array of techniques, mediums, and materials including the “Lost Wax Method” of casting for reproduction. I have designed the pieces to be timeless and passed down as heirlooms. They are not dated and do not follow a trend. Every piece, whether sharp and aggressive, or soft and gentle, is intended to represent those who wear them. I’m very proud to say that every piece is made in our workshop right here in the in Atlanta, GA, USA!
What made you decide to create it?
When I envisioned my brand, I wanted to create a new way to “Gift”. I wanted to offer a gift giving and receiving experience people could rely on for any and every gifting occasion. If you ever get to experience receiving a “Billie Box”, you will know what I mean. Because I’m such a presentation person, I wanted to pay close attention to the packaging. Each piece comes with a hand script scroll that is personalized with the recipients name describing our fabrication process, a jewelry bag, plush tissue paper all tied up and sealed with a collectable bronze BH charm.
What inspires you?
Designing and being in the presence of other creative people inspires me. Traveling and experiencing new places, cultures and customs also inspires me. I’m very sensitive to my surroundings so I’ve found that if you slow down long enough and pay attention, inspiration is all around you!
What is one of the biggest challenges you face?
Being a designer or having a “Creative Mind” often times has me all over the place. When I’m in an incredibly creative flow, I have to discipline myself to remain organized and remember that I am a businesswoman as well. So setting reminders, writing a detailed daily list of “To Do’s” is crucial for me.
How do you deal with the struggle of there being so many jewelry companies out there and having so much competition?
I have to say that I have prayed about this a lot. I truly believe that if you are here on this earth its because God placed in you gifts that are only specific to you. If you marinate on that, believe it, and accept it then you will also come to the conclusion that there really is no competition, it’s all in your head. There are enough people in the world for everyone to have their own audience.
Where do you see yourself and Billie Hilliard 5 years from now?
Being a leader in handcrafted custom lifestyle accessories. Working on artistically challenging fashion editorials, and opening the first Billie Hilliard flagship store.
Which is your favorite piece?
I would have to say the Jimmie Cuff is my favorite. I wear it every day with everything! The Jimmie Collection overall is very dear to me as it is named after my maternal grandmother who was the epitome of a true lady and who loved and nurtured my creativity from a young child.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own company?
The best advice is proceeding without fear. So many people live their lives afraid to take chances. Don’t waste a second thinking about all you need to have or don’t have in place. Thank god for what you do have and start there. Just leap and I promise you the net will certainly appear.
Anything else you’d like to share?
If you want to gift yourself or someone else with a timeless meaningful piece, consider Billie Hilliard Custom Signature Concepts.
Peace, Love & Blessings,
Wasn’t that an awesome interview? I truly enjoyed it and working with her! If you like her jewelry (which I’m sure you do!) you can purchase it from her website, BillieHilliard.com!