Loren Barham and her husband Aaron moved to Rhode Island from North Carolina this past February. A big fan of history, Loren immediately identified the 750 sq. ft workshop in a historic Pawtucket mill to be the home for Loren Hope Designs. What she didn’t know was how fast her business would grow here. After a few short months in Our Backyard, they needed to double the size of their office space to keep up with orders coming in from across the country.
Loren Hope Designs, an evolving line of upscale, handcrafted jewelry, is a favorite on the fashion blog scene and has been featured in fashion giants like Vogue, In Style, Redbook – just to name a few.
Since February, they have increased their wholesale orders from 5-6 orders to an average of a 100 orders per week and went from two full time employees to eight. Loren credits the incredible growth in such a short time since the move to Rhode Island to the accessibility of materials and rich history of the jewelry industry that exists here.
“There is no place in the country to manufacture jewelry like Rhode Island” she explains “the accessibility to vendors and historic craftsmanship that exists here is unmatched and gives us a huge edge on competitors that are located elsewhere.”