How One Woman Started a Successful Jewelry Line While in High School

If you ever find yourself feeling down about where you are in your career, remind yourself: Nothing is impossible. Just ask Amanda Thomas, who started making jewelry for her friends and family as a sophomore in high school. Before her senior year, her pieces were being sold at Fred Segal and other L.A. retailers under the name of Luv Aj. But it wasn’t until after college and her internship at Who What Wear that she decided to pursue her jewelry-making full time. Given that Thomas started her career at such a young age, she has faced—and overcome—a lot of challenges, all of which call for celebrating with Veuve Clicquot. Here, she reveals a few pieces of advice she’s learned along the way.