Welcome to grace + hudson. My name is Stacy Mikulik and I am the owner and designer. I personally make every piece of g+h jewelry in Chicago, the city I call home. When I founded g+h, I envisioned classic, dainty jewelry with subtle pops of color that transitions well from day to night, the office to a party, and even bridal to everyday. I also wanted to create a beautiful, light + airy space online where you feel welcome. In a world that can feel harsh, negative, and overwhelming, it is more important than ever to take time to appreciate the beautiful things that surround us everyday. It is in appreciating these small joys that we build a more grateful spirit, and thus a more beautiful life. My wish is that your g+h jewelry reminds you of this, and that you take a moment to appreciate the beauty around you every time you wear it.
I wasn’t always this wise! My journey to founding grace + hudson seemed long, winding, and less than beautiful. But looking back, I now know it was beautiful. When my father passed away in 2014, I vowed to live a better life. A more authentic life. A life designed around my personality, gifts, true loves, and talents. And here I am. But prior to g+h and to my father passing away, I lived a life that others deemed “successful” and strived to create a life that looked “perfect” on the outside (quite unconsciously, might I add). I went to an Ivy League college and one of the top law schools. I practiced law for 10 years, climbing the ladder quickly but receiving no joy in exchange. I had a great apartment and drove a nice car. But when my father passed away after a short battle with lung cancer, I went through a transformation and became aware, for the first time, of the importance of living a life that is authentic to myself, and not defined by what others are doing, achieving, or expect. I quit my law job to pursue my dream of starting a business and creating beautiful jewelry with the talents I was gifted. I now define “success” to include daily appreciation of the joys that surround me everyday, deep and authentic personal connections, a strong sense of inner peace, health and wellness, the ability to earn a living doing something I enjoy, among many other things. As a result, I came to be a lighter, happier, more peaceful presence. We are all given the same opportunities to learn these lessons - the question is merely whether you are going to pay attention and rise to meet them. If we do, every single one of us can have true, unshakeable peace and happiness that no one or no thing can take away.
In sharing this story, I hope you feel the authentic place from which g+h jewelry is designed. I love to connect with others through my life's passion, my jewelry, because I feel those connections are some of the truest and most authentic. I hope that I can connect with you and get to know you on a personal level, whether that be at a pop up shop, over email, or through social media. And please do not hesitate to reach out if you need a word of encouragement to follow your own path, connect to your true passion, or lead a more authentic life. If you’re not sure where to begin, begin by noticing the small joys and beauties that surround you everyday. That will begin to open your heart, and build the skill of awareness - the foundation for creating true, meaningful changes.
Some of my other true loves, apart from jewelry, include SoulCycle, yoga, cooking, spending time with my dog Cooper, and reading books by Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and other modern spiritual thought leaders. I am a huge fan of Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, french fries, J.Crew, Oprah, HGTV, the U.S. Virgin Islands, hydrangeas, and Target. There's a good chance I was enjoying one or more of these when I envisioned, designed, or made the jewelry you see here.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting grace + hudson and everything it stands for!