On June 26th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Brian Olsen performed at the Gala Noir finale of the lia sophia 2012 Fashion Forward Conference. The final event was held outdoors at the Zili Lake & Gardens overlooking Lake Michigan, MilwaukeeArt Museum, and the summer fest grounds, and it was lavishly decorated in the color of lia sophia’s stylish purple packaging.
Enjoying an evening under the stars with drinks, dining, dancing, fashion, art and fun. The Kiam family, owners of lia sophia, were taken by surprise when Brian Olsen painted a magnificent custom portrait of Tory and Elena Kiam’s elegant daughter’s Lia & Sophia. Olsen’s portrait was a perfect connection illustrating how family is deeply rooted in and is an essential connection to the brand lia sophia.
lia sophia evolved from Act 11 Jewelry founded by Victor Kiam and his wife Ellen in 1986. Originally, these entrepreneurs had started the Friendship Connection and by the 1970’s it became one of the United States largest importer of jewelry, antiques and artifacts from China. After the passing of Victor Kiam, their son Tory and his wife Elena Kiam, changed the brand name Act 11 Jewelry to that of their daughters Lia & Sophia. Elena Kiam, now creative director, emphasized the importance of family in here keynote speech at the conference stating,“ Our children are part of the brand with front row seats to see how much success woman can find through hard work”.
Hard work has earned the lia sophia brand the “go to name” for high quality fashionable jewelry for woman everywhere from soccer moms to celebrities. Elena Kiam wants woman to feel good about themselves on the inside and on the outside, help create an environment where woman help each-other achieve confidence, so necessary to success, and provide a fun and rewarding experience on many levels.
Not only is lia sophia a leading fashions jewelry distributor but also a leading partner with the global non-profit partner Dress For Success that provides professional clothing, interview training and a business network to disadvantaged woman re-entering the workforce. Most of all, it offers respect and encouragement to woman when they need it the very most. lia sophia donates over 3 million dollars worth of jewelry annually to Dress For Success to help provide clients that added confidence and professional polish when they walk into their interviews ready to change their lives.
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