The occasion was a trunk show for
"I always tell people, I work on leather, paint and
"She signs each one of them, because it is an original piece of artwork," Pearson said. "And the quality is major to me, because I don't want people dissatisfied and bringing things back, so I thought long and hard before I even put the line in the shop. I had a customer who is a bracelet person, and she has been a faithful customer for a long time, and she posted on Facebook about Caroline's line, and I thought, 'Oh, if she likes it, it must be good.' "
Pearson sported an aqua-colored piece during the event -- one of three Rocha cuffs that she owns personally -- and said she regularly gets comments on it. Some of Rocha's fans have become collectors -- a few from as far away as
"What happens is, just like people that collect art, if you find an artist you really like, you buy one, and then you progress on to buy another one. You become a collector," Pearson said. "We have many customers who are collectors. There's one lady here tonight that has 70. You get hooked. You get one color, and then you want another color to go with another outfit."
For Rocha, having the support of a local business is a big thing, even though her pieces are carried from
"For me, it's like dessert," she said. "I have a certain warmth about my hometown and where I come from, and I'm even more honored that they would accept something from their own, and that they'd be proud to wear it."
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