Creating a Cohesive Brand For a Vintage Jewelry Store

Erica Weiner sign

Erica Weiner store

One of our fave clients, Erica Weiner, came to us to help her tighten up her branding and packaging. Erica and her mighty team settled on a logo font, using it on their storefront, store signs, shopping bags, receipts, and ring boxes. She came to us at Aeolidia to work on jewelry packaging and stationery (cards, heat-stamped boxes, letterhead, business cards, etc.), and we also took the opportunity to align the look of the website with the new branding.

Mariah from our team was the designer for this project, and I loved what she had to say about the branding plan:

Your jewelry is very cool and unique, and when you have such a neat style that reaches outside the ‘normal’ (a.k.a. boring) standard, it seems a wise choice to make every detail of your brand as special as your product is. Doing this re-affirms to your customer that you care about them and their experience with you. It tells them that when they buy something from Erica Weiner, they’re getting much more than a beautiful piece of jewelry, they’re getting a treasure to cherish. They’ll recognize the love and care that you have put into each and every detail, making their experience a memorable one. –Mariah DeMarco

I was ready to write up some info about this project, but I asked Erica for a little testimonial, and she covered everything I was planning to mention, so I’ll just let her take it away:

Aeolidia designed and implemented our previous website two years ago, and when it became time to upgrade yet again, I didn’t consider asking anyone else. What we thought would be a simple “tweak” turned into a major relaunch, with re-branding happening simultaneously.

[click the image below to see a larger comparison of the site refresh]

Erica Weiner website

Aeolidia has a crack team from which they hand-pick the best designer to work on your project, and Mariah didn’t disappoint. I sent her my cut-and-scotch taped mockup of what I wanted the logo to be, and she finessed it into a slick (but not TOO slick) logo. She helped me negotiate with printing specialists (something I don’t think all graphic designers do), and was always available to answer my tech-ignorant questions without making me feel embarrassed about my lack of digital savvy.

Erica Weiner Boxes

I’m a tough person to please, but Mariah was patient through the many re-designs, and seriously impressed me with her invention of a historically-inspired letterhead design. She helped keep the new logo and look integrated with the site’s relaunch to complete our brand’s total makeover.

[click the image below to see Mariah’s mock-up alongside the new printed stationery]

Erica Weiner stationery

Next up: Aeolidia’s doing our lookbook. My advice to other business owners: don’t be afraid of working with Aeolidia over email instead of in person (or over the phone). An archive and online hub for your projects are ESSENTIAL. –Erica Weiner

It was great to watch this all come together and satisfying to know that we helped give Erica’s shop the polish and vintage charm that it deserved. Please visit the Erica Weiner site here: ericaweiner.com and check out some of Mariah’s work for Aeolidia here.

(originally posted on Oh My! Handmade)

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