When Lisa and Ryan Gozlan opened their first showroom for Lisa Gozlan Jewelry in 2021 in Yorkville, they already had the reputation to match. Jewelry from a previous line from Lisa Gozlan had already been seen on the likes of Snoop Dogg and Shay Mitchell. We caught up with the Rosedale local to chat about running a family business, keeping the brand affordable and expanding internationally.
Why jewelry design?
My husband Ryan is a fifth generation jeweler. His family has been in the business for over 50 years. Ryan, being in the business, would always make me special pieces, and when I was out with friends or in public, people would always compliment the pieces I was wearing. Sometimes I would sell things directly off myself! We were both in our respective family businesses but not feeling personally fulfilled. I remember one day I went into his office and saw some 10 karat rings on his desk. I took a liking to them, and we started going through old rings and other products that Ryan’s grandfather Roger was selling in 1970. We gained inspiration for our line from there.
What was your original goal when creating Lisa Gozlan Jewelry?
When we started, our goal was to build a brand and not just a jewelry brand, but also a sort of lifestyle. We found that unique, affordable and good quality jewelry was hard to come by in Canada at the time. Now I think the Canadian jewelry market has really evolved. There are now so many new and cool brands popping up these days.
What is it like working with your spouse?
There are times where it can be difficult, but at the end of the day, Ryan is my best friend and someone I can rely on wholeheartedly. It’s nice that we are both looking out for one another’s interests at all times. Ryan also brings so much to the table with his knowledge of the industry, so he and I are both equal partners in pushing this business forward.
Why did you decide on Yorkville for your showroom?
Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to have my own store. As the pandemic sort of took a turn, we went full throttle on a search for a space. We had a lot of demand for it, and we also wanted to create a space where customers could really get a feel for the brand. Yorkville happened to have the perfect space we were imagining and looking for, so it was a match made in heaven. I have to say, it’s probably the best thing we ever did — having people come into my store and browse all the products gives me so much joy.
What’s next for Lisa Gozlan Jewelry?
After successful trunk shows this past March, expansion into the U.S. market is top priority for next year. We definitely have plans to take the Lisa Gozlan Jewelry brand worldwide.