Meet Jon Morris, Creative Director and CEO of Olivia Riegel.
Jon grew up exposed to the wholesale merchandise industry. His father owned a successful manufacturing company of children’s wear with a showroom in the Dallas Apparel Mart.
After graduating from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, Jon was fortunate to work for the Haldon Group in Dallas—under the direction of gift industry legend Don McEvoy. The Haldon Group designed and imported fine ceramics from Italy and Japan. After working for the Haldon Group, Jon had a position at the Donald McEvoy Limited showroom in Dallas’ World Trade Center. This afforded Jon a strong foundation in marketing and customer service.
Jon then worked as an independent agent representing high-end manufacturers of decorative products for the home. In this role, he was involved with product development projects for Horchow, Neiman Marcus, and other key accounts.
This creative aspect was a catalyst for Jon to start his own company, naming it after his beloved grandmother who loved travel, history, the arts, antiques, and costume jewelry.
While attending an international antique fair to seek out inspiration for products, Jon became enamored with an early 19th century European picture frame, adorned with precious jewels. He was instantly captivated and inspired to create bejeweled accessories for the home—adorned with crystals and semi-precious stones as opposed to precious jewels, opening up the category to a larger audience.
Olivia Riegel specializes in bejeweled gifts and decorative accessories for the home. Early on they concentrated on photo frames, which is still a major category. However, they are now very much a bejeweled lifestyle brand, catering to the design, tabletop, bridal, and women’s accessories segments. What sets them apart is a winning combination of a strong design aesthetic and a price-point that puts specialty products within reach.
A flagship showroom at the World Market Center in Las Vegas, has greatly elevated the brand.