Tiffany Narbonne, founder, CEO and lead designer of inspirational, meaning-based jewelry brand T. Jazelle, is a Women in Retail Leadership Circle member and fashion entrepreneur. She founded T. Jazelle in 2012 after making gemstone bracelets for friends and family, pairing a concept of meaningful semi-precious stones with inspirational charms. T. Jazelle is now a nationally carried lifestyle brand, and Tiffany takes pride in each piece that she creates along with the connection it brings to those who wear them.

  1.  What’s the best book you’ve read recently?Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens!
  2. What excites you most about retail? I would say all the evolving styles and trends, and the way you can show your own personality and vibe through fashion. Also, the change within the seasons. Being from New England, I love the different looks and being able to piece different items together to create your own look. I also love being able to get inspiration and work that into my brand. I love being able to add new patterns and designs that are inspired by the seasons as well as by what’s going on within the retail world that can connect and speak to our customers’ hearts and give them a way to STACK their heart on their wrist.
  3. Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party? Sophia Amoruso, Oprah, Beyoncé, Heidi Klum, and Jennifer Aniston.
  4. What’s one thing you wish you knew when you were younger? To do you. Find your passion and seek what makes your soul happy.
  5. Where do you do your best thinking? Definitely by the ocean. I’m very grateful to live by the beach, and that’s where my mind can relax. It’s also a place where I tend to think of new pieces to create and design. Also, when driving, because I’m in the car a lot for work. That’s where some of my best ideas came to life!
  6. What woman inspires you right now and why? My mom. She’s always my biggest everyday inspiration. Even during the hardest moments she has always taught me to never give up and to keep chasing my dream.
  7. When you’re traveling for work, what’s a must-pack item? My cell charger, which sometimes I totally manage to forget!
  8. What’s the hardest thing about your job? I would say worrying about things out of my control and instead focusing on the big picture.
  9. What’s your favorite aspect of your job? Creating and writing the inspirational meanings behind each piece in our brand. Being able to connect to others through my work is what makes me the most happy! Knowing something I’ve created can bring joy into one’s life.
  10. What’s the best advice that’s ever been given to you? That WE create our good fortune, and to not let fear hold you back — which I took with me from the 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit.
  11. What’s your favorite time of day to be productive? I would say the afternoon. I’m striving to get better at being a morning person, but it’s taking some time!
  12. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had in your career? One of the biggest surprises in my career was when the Vanderpump Dogs Foundation (Lisa Vanderpump’s charity) reached out to us to partner. We got to create a custom Give Back bracelet for the amazing organization, which now is within our brand. This partnership is so exciting to us because I’m personally a fan of Lisa Vanderpump, who is quite a boss lady herself. This also gained exposure and a lot of traction for T. Jazelle.
  13. What’s your favorite app? I’d still have to say Instagram. It has been the biggest platform for my company, T. Jazelle, and is a huge part to the growth of our brand.
  14. How do you decompress? Being around my husband, family and my pup, Lola. Also, going for walks by the ocean and watching the sunset. The beach is my favorite place to be.
  15. What barriers have you had to overcome in your career? When something goes wrong or not as planned, using that situation as a way to grow and learn. Finding a solution will lead to something that could be even better in the long run. Some of my biggest hardships in business ended up leading to something even greater.
  16. What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders? To never give up and, most importantly, never forget WHY you started. Focus on your story and do not let FEAR hold you back. When something goes wrong or not according to plan, get back up, keep moving forward, believe in yourself and remember good things take time.
  17. If you weren’t working in the retail industry, what do you think you’d be doing? Something with design and creative. I love bringing joy to people and being able to connect with others through my work!
  18. How would you describe your leadership style? Working as a team, being the founder of a company, having people look up to you, and setting the vibe for my business is a big role, yet your ideas and business I feel are only as good as the team you have beside you. My company wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t have an amazing, hard-working, dedicated team by my side!