Q: How did you get started?
A: It all started with a girls’ night out…. one that contained more than the usual laughter and fun. Browsing for the first time through a martini menu, I was inspired by the recipes. After being served a Cosmopolitan, my creative imagination made me see the glass differently — the way I thought it should be — a bit more dressed up with a pattern, with flair, and with a fabulous recipe on the bottom. It would be the first of many times I would find a colorful vision dancing in a glass.
That was in 2001, and after sketching, planning and nurturing the line, the “Love My Martini”™ collection blossomed in 2004 to quickly become the hottest gift brand in America today.
At the beginning of my career, I painted every single glass by hand, by myself, in my basement… The business quickly outgrew my ability to keep up with demand and I signed a licensing deal with Santa Barbara Design Studio in 2004.
But it really started much earlier than that. From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be a designer. My teachers knew me as the girl who colored leaves blue to match the sky. I saw anything and everything from an artistic perspective. What I didn’t know then was that my innate creativity would lead me to my successful design career.
Q: Is Lolita your real name?
A: Lolita is actually my middle name. My first name is Tracy. As a child I was made fun of for my middle name, but then a college professor told me that I should never be ashamed, as Lolita is “the most beautiful and timeless piece of 20th century classic literature.” From that moment on, I knew that I would use the name someday… and I did.
Q: Tell us something about yourself?
A: I am a mother of two (teenage girls, nonetheless!) and I am especially close to my own mother. Maybe that’s why I have so many fabulous designs for all of the moms out there! Plus I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, with a double major in Marketing and Fine Arts… Who says smart girls don’t know how to have fun?!
Q: Is there a deep secret you’d like to share with us?
A: Yes, I am a confessed shopaholic. I am drawn to beautiful things… I love to shop… the adrenalin rush that I get just pulling up to my favorite stores!
Q: How do you go about designing the styles for each glass?
A: I have to understand my customer in order for my line to be successful. I still know that each design I create is as unique as the person buying it. That philosophy has worked for all these years and I take pride in knowing how unique each design is.