Meet Heather Clark of Show Road Jewelry
Heather Clark is a woman to know. By day she is working behind the scenes at Google’s Brand Lab, by night she indulges in her lifelong dream: designing fine jewelry. She pulls inspiration for her pieces from her late mother, who she credits as her ultimate muse, and designs all of the pieces herself from the confines of her West Village apartment. We sat down with Heather to learn more about her design ethos, her mother’s legacy and why philanthropy is a key component to her brand’s mission.
What inspired you to create Show Road?
My mother always marched to the beat of her own drum. She was passionate, intellectual, and ridiculous. Getting dressed was an art form. She changed up her jewelry daily. She wore pantyhose under jeans.
I understood early on that fashion was an important means of self-expression and jewelry was the most personal, sacred part of it.
I’ve had visions of jewelry designs since I was a small child, but it wasn’t until the year she passed away when I was 20 that I began to bring my ideas to life in the form of fashion jewelry. A fine jewelry line has always been my ultimate dream so after years of planning I launched Show Road this May. “Let’s get this show on the road” were her dying words. Those words have always been really significant to me because she had the same self-possessed spirit from beginning to end. My brand is really my way of telling the story of a woman who designs her own life, just like my mother. I hope to inspire others to do the same.
What inspires you as an artist and a philanthropist?
The answer is the same for both: women. I design with the woman in mind first. I ask myself: Who is she? What does she stand for? What is she wearing? What is she doing? How can I help her?
What kind of woman do you visualize wearing Show Road?
She’s charming and intriguing; full of seeming contradiction and takes a while to know really. She’s strong and soft, serious and light. She’s intellectual and loves fashion. I think about Amal Clooney and Bianca Jagger.
Why do you think it's essential to include philanthropy in your business model from the start?
Show Road is an extension of who I am and philanthropy is part of who I am so it was never going to be any other way. It wasn’t a business or marketing decision. My ultimate dream is to continue my work with Global Fund for Women, but also create a scholarship program that gives women the opportunity to study abroad during college who don’t have the financial means to do so. I studied abroad in Barcelona, and it changed the course of my life so I would love to pass on the gift of a global point of view.
Why do you think it's important to support the Global Fund for Women?
My mother instilled in me the value of independence, so I think it’s important every woman have equal rights and be given the opportunity to define her own life’s path. I’ve been involved with the Global Fund for Women for many years now. I started as a member of San Francisco’s Vanguard Advisory Council, which is a group of young professional women dedicated to supporting the fund’s mission of equal rights. When I moved to New York two years ago, they asked if I’d be interested in becoming Chair and starting the same group out in New York. I was so excited and honored for the opportunity. We assembled an amazing team of women in year one, and now in year two we’ve executed two successful fundraising events that will go towards grants for women-led organizations fighting for women’s human rights.