Dalia Oberlander is the woman behind the jewelry shop Latest Revival from New York. Here she tells us how she started her sparkling business
Dalia Oberlander is a close New York-based friend of Stephanie Moeller (who shared her experience of transforming into a drag queen with us here). They hosted a trunk show in Berlin last summer that I didn’t manage to make it to at the time, but I really liked the approach of Latest Revival, Dalia’s label, which is why she’s telling her story here in her own words:
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Jewelry has been a lifelong passion. You can study to become an expert in many things, but when it’s a passion, you bring your heart and soul along with your knowledge. Jewelry is a form and representation of fine art, and it was my goal to underline this with my project Latest Revival, where pieces vary from periods, designers, walks of life, and so on.
I have a masters in Art History and lived in London studying intensively for two years. Then I worked in the auction world for many years learning the ins and outs of the industry, garnering expertise, knowledge, and training my eye before starting my own business. But, I have to say, I was the young girl always obsessed with my mom’s pieces. My love of fine art and jewelry have always been based on an appreciation of the craftsmanship that designers and artists put forward and the impact their pieces can make on people.
Over the years – and working and being in leadership positions at numerous art institutions for the past few decades – I have built an extensive, worldwide network for sourcing found and one-of-a-kind jewels. You won’t find our pieces anywhere else. I started the project because I saw an opportunity to convey an interesting point of view on jewelry before there was a push to sell luxury, fine jewelry online. We were among the very early innovators to spearhead the market.
Latest Revival is literally a curated collection of established brands, up-and-coming young talent (like Ana Khouri and Jordan Askill), one-of-a-kind exclusives with designers, as well as rare estate pieces from heritage jewelry houses. Everyday you will find new arrivals. We sell online, through trunk shows both domestically and internationally, and in private showroom appointments. We accommodate our collectors however we can.
I have a classic entrepreneurial story where I took a risk, but was really compelled to do it – I had to complete and deliver on this vision of mine. I’m the customer, so I knew how much this type of curation and sourcing would help people. I have done everything myself at one point in the company’s history. The entire process is complex and highly planned and organized – I put together every piece of the organization myself. I hope that is felt by our clients on our site and during appointments or wherever they experience and touch us.
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My work days are ever-changing. Running and growing a business smoothly means multi-tasking. Some days I’m in the office working with our team and orchestrating upcoming launches, editorials, marketing initiatives, and business ideas. Other days I’m showing special jewels to our incredible private clients and collectors. Some days I’m at the library researching the history of certain stones and jewels or meeting with experts and authenticators for heritage antique pieces. Other days I’m sitting down with brands and designers, in back-to-back showroom appointments, looking through new collections for inclusion on Latest Revival. I love my work and being endlessly stimulated, so I’m fortunate to have chosen a career that keeps me engaged.
Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.
Updates about her next professional steps can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliaknolle/.