dan - director

At the core of the business is Dan who has used his experience and resources to make this project a reality.  Lila’s represents a reflection of his keen eye for design and his customer-focused business model that goes back almost 20 years. Besides his wisdom from behind the scenes, he’s also “Dan the Man”, the do-it-all kind of guy to whom we always turn when in trouble or…need a bulb changed and a desk fixed, a ring photographed or some findings picked up. Dan is hooked on restoring old vehicle toys with proper working engines.

Cata – Director, Buyer

Dan’s other half, Cata has a history in managing jewellery stores, buying fine jewellery (quite a tough job, hey?) and a more recent compulsion to roam Europe’s antique markets and bid for sparkly things. More than anything, she had a drive to create a different kind of jewellery experience with a great respect to the environment and a sincere approach to customers. The boutique is not reduced to its stocks, but brought to life by a wonderful and skilled team. With a business to run, two kids and a husband who fancies toys, Cata is hooked on Amarone.

Hannah – Store Manager

Every person who's ever come across our boutique remembers Hannah, our store manager. English born, Aussie bred, she's the friendliest person ever and a goldmine when it comes to helping you navigate through the intricate ways of jewellery buying or making. Hannah graduated from jewellery design with an honours degree and has experience in managing fine jewellery stores, but what everybody loves her for (yes, everybody loves Hannah!) is her warm approach and her profound desire to always make things right. A Sci-Fi nerd in her spare time.

May – Gemmologist, Designer

Hugely enthusiastic, May approaches everything she does with an open mind and wholeheartedly. Having started her creative adventure by studying textiles, she got immersed in the gemstone world while staying in India for a year. May completed her gemmology degree with GIA and she also has a certificate in computer-aided design. She loves glitter and festivals, spending quality time with her friends and family.

Bel – Jewellery Consultant

Bel was the very first person to become an official member of Lila’s staff back in the days when the current store was just a shell. Over the years, she's worked with jewellery departments in Harrods and Liberty among other well-established trade businesses and we were immediately blown away by her experience, her knowledge of designer pieces and jewels on trend. She’s really good at what she does – plain and simple. Bel loves to go out with her friends and is always finding new things to paint in her house and progressively more elaborate DIY projects!

Becky - Designer - Goldsmith

Always poised and very polite, Becky is a most welcoming presence. A very talented designer-maker, Becky is our in-house jeweller, the one who will resize or make your ring from scratch. You can also find her teaching jewellery making at Flux Studio in Camberwell. Becky appreciates good jokes, good ale and long walks. Also, let her know what interesting podcasts you're listening to.

 

Julie-Andrews-Bookkeeper
Monika-Ogorek-Staff-Gemologist

Julie- Bookkeeper

A highly motivated and experienced Accounts/Finance professional, Julie took early retirement from her role as CEO of the University of London Student Union in 2015 having worked there for over 30 years, where she was responsible for managing and running the Students Union and staff. Julie completed her Chartered Manager (FCMI) qualification in 2013 through the University of London and prior to that studied AAT. Following a few years off she decided to resume a part time role and joined us here at Lila’s in October 2018, helping us keep numbers on track. Julie loves going on long walks with her dog and playing netball.

Kate - Jewellery Consultant

Kate is a luminous presence and a pleasure to be around. She graduated from Birmingham School of Jewellery and also the University for Creative Arts in Kent. She puts her knowledge into practice by designing and hand-making fabulous jewellery to raise awareness about animal species on the verge of extinction and also contributes to various environmental charities through her jewellery sales. You can find her at Lila's from Thursday to Saturday to assist with purchases and repairs and she's also in charge of Insta Stories on those days. Kate is a keen environmentalist and she makes fantastic vegan muffins.

Monika - Gemologist, Website Coordinator

Monika has her fingers in many pies. Having worked in jewellery retail for many years, she launched her own jewellery brand MoloMe, designing and crafting trendy wearable jewellery for the contemporary consumer. She received a scholarship from GIA to further her knowledge as a gemmologist and she graduated in 2019. Now she's putting all her knowledge and expertise into Lila's website and social media, creating all the captivating content and making sure the products listed are up to date. Monika loves cycling and experimenting with traditional food preparation methods like making her own sourdough or kombucha.