The Mrs. Box, a flawless- yet personality filled- classy and sassy ring box for the modern woman. These boxes give us visions of engagement ring heaven and right hand ring celebration offering the perfect color options, monogram capabilities, and bringing old world charm to new world needs. For a day that you will remember forever, the little details count. Antique velvet, love and passion: the perfect combination, and brought to you by an inspirational mind, Summer.
Tell us how The Mrs. Box was born!
When I became engaged, I decided I wanted to find a colorful two piece ring box to put my ring in! I thought it would make a perfect photo op for our wedding. Well, as it turned out, I searched high and low and could not find ANYTHING in a color other than the typical ring box standards: maroon, navy, black, grey, etc… That started a huge project for my now husband and I as we decided we’d make it our mission to produce what I had been hoping to find!
Your pieces are made from antique french velvet; how do you decide on what shades to work with?
Our first two collections were made from vintage french velvet. Our color selection was limited to what was available from our supplier, but we absolutely loved the series we were able to create. However we quickly realized the problem was that many of the most sought after colors ran out very quickly! We certainly let down many of our customers who were desperate for their favorite shades. For our third collection, which is just about to launch in a few short weeks, we are using what we truly believe is the world’s most exquisite velvet, which we’ve had custom dyed just for us. The colors were selected based on our customers’ requests so we are incredibly proud of this new collection.
Tell us about your creative process – what is on your mind and in your
heart when creating these pieces?
For me, it has always been about creating a collection and array of colors that I would love to have sitting on my dresser. In many ways this started as a selfish project to fulfill a desire I had to show off my engagement ring, which I was and am so proud of! It turns out our customers feel the same way!
When a color is gone, it’s gone for good – has this been a challenge or a benefit? How so?
This has been a benefit in the sense that our customers are really passionate about our launches and get so excited about their favorite colors! That being said, we’ve really struggled keeping up with demand for specific colors and it always kills us when we run out of those favorites. Our new collection allowed us to create as many boxes as we wanted from our favorite colors, so we’re hoping to keep our customers happy!
How do you combat a stressful day?
We love to end the day on our patio with a glass of wine! I always try to keep a good life/work balance. After spending many years working odd hours, never shutting down the computer, and losing out on normalcy, we now try really to end the day around 6, make dinner, and hang out a little. This really makes coming into the office every morning a refreshing and invigorating experience. I’m ready to charge ahead, rather than trudge forward.
What color of The Mrs. Box can we find on your bedside table?
My husband bought me a gorgeous emerald ring when our daughter was just born (emerald just happens to be her birth stone!) so I have a mint colored box from our new collection that looks absolutely perfect with my ring.
We are sure that your boxes play a huge role in people’s big days; what is one of your favorite customer stories?
We’ve had several customers use our boxes for their engagements, which is always one of my favorite stories to hear. One particular customer was surprised with an engagement cake in the shape of a Mrs. Box. We’ve even seen cookies made in the shape of our boxes! We’re always so excited to see how much our customers love our product.
What advice do you have for entrepreneurs who would like to take the leap into their own business?
I suppose that you really need to have thick skin and can’t let setbacks discourage you from trudging ahead. It took us a full year just to find a manufacturer and materials, and another 6 months to perfect the process before we even had our first line. (That doesn’t include tons of research that we put in at the beginning before digging in!). We’ve also really had to work hard to perfect the product. There have been plenty of failures, but we’re proud that we’ve stuck with it.
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It’s Saturday morning; what can we find you doing?
Coffee, npr, breakfast on the patio, and if the stars align, a leisurely walk while our newborn naps in her stroller.
Is there something we missed? Tell us!
Be sure to keep an eye out for our new line, which launched in mid-August! You can see the line on our instagram account: @the_mrs_box.