I first came across Doryn Wallach over a decade ago when she wrote a blog called Doryn's Dish - it was all about her life in London where she lived at the time. She updated it with posts on travel, fashion and interior design. I loved how approachable but aspirational it was. In fact, it had quite a similar feel to what we aim for at Fox and Park. Fast forward to 2018 when we recently connected on instagram where I noticed she is now a jewelry designer. I was intrigued by her career change - she has worn many different hats in between Doryn's Dish and her jewelry line - so I reached out to ask her a few questions. Read on to discover tips on changing careers (and industries!) in your late 30's, lessons that come with experience, how Doryn stays organized and productive and what inspires her.
What were you doing in your previous life?
I have always been entrepreneurial since I was a little girl. I feel like I've done it all! After getting a degree from FIT in Interior Design, I started my career in in New York City. I worked in different areas of interior design in my 20's from residential, staging and TV. I then had a consulting business on web design and an online retail store for wedding gifts. I also had a radio show when I lived in Greenwich, Connecticut before moving back to the city. Because of my passion for helping others, I then began pursing a Master of Social Work at NYU, but we moved to London for my husband’s job in 2005 (now I fulfill this passion through my volunteer work). Since I didn’t have a work visa, I started a blog called Doryn's Dish, which was super fun! I wrote about everything from being an expat in London to locations and hotels we traveled to during our time there. I gave interior design, fashion and beauty advice and even had guest bloggers. I actually had a large following, which is how I came to know Julie from Fox & Park in a round about way! I then got pregnant with my first child, moved back to the US and spent time focusing on being a mom and working on some more interior design projects before starting my fine jewelry business.
What gave you the idea to start your business?
I had one of those light bulb moments one day after a pretty stressful time in my life. While we were much more fortunate than many other people, our home was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy in 2012. I had spent more than two years renovating and designing every aspect of our house and four weeks after we finished, the storm dumped 5 feet of water in it and we were forced to move out for a year. We lost so many meaningful things including baby books and family photos (my children were 2 and 5 at the time), and the house was nearly destroyed. I embarked on a second renovation and by the time I was done, I felt like I needed a change of direction career wise. Thinking back on what really inspired me, it was something I had done personally all my life – designing jewelry. It’s something I learned from both my grandmother and mom (more on that later!). And then about five years ago, after a chance moment of redesigning an eternity ring from my husband with the neighborhood jewelry store, the owner asked me if I ever thought of designing jewelry. He said many of his clients had inquired about the ring before I picked it up, and that’s when the light bulb went off! Within a month, I was enrolled in classes, connected with a mentor through FIT, and that's how it all began. I feel so fortunate to have found something I’m truly passionate about!
Was there anything holding you back? FEAR. I was in my late 30's, and starting something completely new scared me, and yet at the same time, I was so incredibly excited about something for the first time in a long time, it felt right. I told myself I was going to try and do it until I was told not to.