Nicole LaCross epitomizes the Miss A motto of “charity meets style.” Her Wrist Wishes bracelets are stylish accessories that also raise money for Chicago charities. LaCross’ company was founded in 2012 to help cancer charities after her mother defeated the disease. The bracelets are not only beautiful; 40% of sales goes to Chicago charities. LaCross answered Miss A Chicago‘s questions about Wrist Wishes and how, as her website says, she ”combines a love of charity and fashion.”
Q: How did you take a sad event like your mom getting cancer and turn it into a positive with Wrist Wishes?
A: I watched how my mom, Lynee, kept a positive attitude throughout the entire process, and wanted to give back in a positive manner.
Q: How did you get in contact with and partner with charities like Bright Pink and Bear Necessities?
A: There is a story behind every partnership that I develop. In the case of Flashes of Hope, Carrie Gowans, the director, saw my Facebook page and contacted me directly to design awareness bracelets for Flashes of Hope. Flashes of Hope now has three styles of bracelets. Other partnerships have developed by me directly reaching out to the charity to see if there is an interest in Wrist Wishes. My involvement with every charity is unique, which makes the entire experience even better.
Q: Do you make the products yourself or do you have a team that works with you?
A: I make them all by hand. My mom has been a phenomenal help in coming with me to various bead shops around the Chicagoland area; I really like that it has turned into a family effort.
Q: What has been your best -selling product?
A: Our two best selling products so far have been the Heartland Animal Shelter animal abuse awareness bracelet, as well as the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation bangle of wishes.