Meet the Maker – Izaskun Zabala, Jewelry Artist

Chloe Tate

Brooklyn Jewelry Artist Izaskun Zabala


This week in our ongoing Meet the Maker series, we’re getting to know Izaskun Zabala, a jewelry designer in Brooklyn, New York.


LBC: What inspired you to take your leap as an entrepreneur?

Izaskun: I was “let go” of my designer job at Stella & Dot. This was actually the best thing that happened to me, allowing me to stop and re-evaluate my life and my creativity.


LBC: When you first got started, how did you envision your business would be defined?

Izaskun: When I first got started, my collection was delicate, my prices very affordable and the design was everyday wear. While launching my company, I achieved a business diploma at the Fashion Institute of Technology and I learned about market research. Studying my competitors, the goal was to offer a different product, and to position my brand in New York’s competitive jewelry industry. This differentiation came very naturally to me: offer “high end” and everyday wear costume jewelry. That design philosophy continues to this day.

Brooklyn Jewelry Artist Izaskun Zabala

LBC: How would you describe what you create?

Izaskun: High-end costume jewelry. I was trained in fine jewelry and, by nature, I am detail oriented, and quality is one of my core values. You will notice my collections are highly polished and well-crafted.


LBC: Where can we find your products?

Izaskun: Nationwide at Lou & Grey stores, my website (, Jill Lindsey store in Brooklyn, and outdoor markets during warm seasons.

Brooklyn Jewelry Artist Izaskun Zabala

LBC: Walk us through your typical work day.

Izaskun: Wake up. Meditate. Breakfast. Write/answer emails and post on social media. Benchwork and/or go to the city to shop for materials and overlook production with different contractors. Maybe a meeting. Yoga and sauna before dinner. After dinner, plan the next day, write/answer emails, research the internet for inspiration or to simply learn something of interest. Meditate. Read.


LBC: What are 3 things makers should think through when they initially decide to start a business?

Izaskun: 1. Take a business course. Being creatively talented is a plus, but understanding the business is a must.

2. Study your competitors and differentiate your product/brand; chances are, you will get noticed.

3. Shoot for the stars. Always follow your intuition. When you fail, that’s the best learning opportunity!


Brooklyn Jewelry Artist Izaskun Zabala


LBC: When you’re overwhelmed, what brings you back to focus?

Izaskun: I am actually always focused! Even when I am overwhelmed with everything that is going on (which is constant), I manage to stay focused. I believe I have the gift of mental (and physical) strength.


LBC: Tell us about the best business decision you’ve made to date.

Izaskun: Starting my own company!

LBC: Please share one mistake or obstacle from your business experience. How did you bounce back/overcome it?

Izaskun: I did not define my customer clearly and under-priced my creations, which resulted in working too much to earn very little money. How did I overcome it? Changing my business mentality and defining my customer.


LBC: What are 3 essential resources in your business toolbox that you can’t do without?

Izaskun: My hands; my jewelry bench and tools; and my iPhone.

Brooklyn Jewelry Artist Izaskun Zabala

LBC: If you could hire someone to do just one thing that you sort of loath doing, what would it be?

Izaskun: A production manager.


LBC: What’s your favorite quote and who said it?

Izaskun: “Make things you wish existed.” –Jessica Hische


LBC: If you were given a million dollars, but were not allowed to keep a single penny for yourself, friends or family, how would you spend it or give it away?

Izaskun: I would create a center in an undeveloped country where women artisans would have access to tools and machinery to create jewelry and be taught how to manage a business.

Follow Izaskun’s inspirational adventures via Instagram at @izaskunzabala.


Thank you, Izaskun, for sharing your talent with us!  We absolutely love what you’re doing and we look
forward to all the wonderful things ahead. We’re cheering you on…


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About the Author

Chloe Tate

Once described as “relentlessly cheerful,” Chloe is a lover of all things colorful and practically every fruit known to man. She lives in Atlanta and divides her time between supporting Lucky Break clients, keeping shop at a local artisan market, and event planning for business conferences. She’s also working on the launch of her skincare line while finishing her degree in Organizational & Leadership Studies. True story: Chloe shares 50% of Lela’s DNA and is poised to inherit her obscenely large shoe collection.

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