New York City-based jewelry designer Haiti necklace, with its three-foot-long (1.8-meter) diamond necklace, has sold out for the first time in the chain’s history.
Haiti owner and co-founder Hala Maia, who was born in Hawaii, had set the goal of selling out the necklace by June 1, according to her website.
She did, selling out a necklace of the same design in July, and she expects to do the same this year.
It was the first necklace in Haiti chain history that sold out in a week.
The company had hoped to raise $1 million in a crowdfunding campaign, but that campaign has been suspended due to the hurricane.
Haitu-Nu, which also has a line of Hawaiian jewelry, has about 2,000 pairs of the necklace and plans to expand to 5,000.
Read moreNew York City resident and Haiti founder Hala Haiti.
Haitsa Maia and cofounder Hali Niyi are founders of Haiti jewelry chain.
Haitoi is a trademark of Haitai Jewelry Group, a Hong Kong-based company.
The necklace is designed by Maia.
“We’ve been in the business for two years, and the outpouring of support is just overwhelming,” Maia said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
“People love the necklace, and they love it for their own purposes, too.”
Maia’s first line of jewelry, a necklace with an all-white, six-foot long (1 meter) diamond, sold out, she said.
The chain had been in talks with the Japanese company Imiko and the Chinese company Zhejiang Gaoji for several years, but they declined to invest.
The chain was planning to take a loan from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, Maia added.
Haitian is based in Los Angeles, with headquarters in Honolulu.
The brand has sold about 100,000 pieces since it launched in 2010, Maiea said.
It is known for its jewelry with a halo design, with a red-gold band of the island of Hawaii.
Maiea also owns a jewelry store in Tokyo, called Haito Jewelry Store, which specializes in high-end, gold-embroidered jewelry, including the necklace with the halo, which she sells for $1,900.
In New York, Haitian was among several companies to launch fundraising efforts on the heels of the hurricane, according, to the New York Times.
One of the companies that raised $1.2 million in two days, which was on Thursday, was Hawaii-based fashion brand Haiti Jewelry, with which Maia co-founded the company, Mairella said.
The other company, Hawaiian Jewelry & Collectibles, which Maireella co-owns, raised $500,000 from several major investors on Thursday.
At a press conference Thursday, Haiti CEO and founder Hali Maia spoke of the outpourings of support for the necklace.
I’m overwhelmed by the support.
We’re so grateful to all of you.
This is so much bigger than me.
It’s so humbling.
I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive, Maichella said in the statement.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I’ve never given up.”