eBay Holiday Capsule Collection Designer: Jonathan Adler
Today we’re thrilled to post our conversation with Jonathan Adler, the 5th Designer for eBay’s Holiday Capsule Collection, to be sold exclusively November 12, 2012 on eBay with fellow design comrades Billy Reid, Ruffian, Chris Benz, Tibi, Steven Alan, and Fallon. Adler has a few magical tricks up his sleeve for securing designer brands on his eBay hunts. You’ll have to read more to find out how…
Jauretsi: If you had to describe a day in the life of your customer, how would they spend the day ideally?
Jonathan Adler: My ideal customer is an eccentric glamour-puss. I hope, for her sake, that her day involves lots of pampering, a little bit of exercise to keep everything firm, and a kittenish lunch. Then I’m seeing some shopping and… [MORE] a clever ruse to avoid the paparazzi—lots of secret entrances. In the evening, she should have dinner at home prepared by her loving husband and he should give her a gift or two.
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to become a designer?
The first time I used the potter’s wheel when I was twelve at summer camp, I knew I had to do this for a living.
Q: Do you have a specific “aha find” on eBay? What was the item?
I got a gigantic Bjorn Wiinblad bowl that should have been $2,500 for about $200 and it was all because his name was misspelled. So my “aha” moment was that you should always misspell things when searching on eBay. Bjorn Wiinblad is spelled with two I’s and I typed in one.
Q: What are your top 3 fav holiday movies?
This is not gonna’ do much for my street cred, but I must admit that I adore Love Actually. Of course there’s always Mommie Dearest as well, good for a few chuckles at the holidays. And I’m a big fan of Elf, obs.
Q: In terms of online searches, what do you recommend is the most savvy thing or genre to search for on eBay?
1. Misspell it. I am a varsity level speller but, I have discovered that most of the world is not. So I always think about how most people would (mis)spell what I am searching for. You’d be shocked to find the treasures that come up. For example, if you are looking for Bulgari, it wouldn’t hurt to type in Bvlgari as well or if you if you are looking for Bjorn Wiinblad, also search it with one “i.”
2. Bookmark your favorite sellers. If you find a seller who’s assortment you dig, it’s always good to check in and see what new stuff they have.
3. Choose a price and be firm with it. Don’t get sucked into auction mania. It can lead to purchasing regrets.
What is your favorite thing about 2012 so far?
Well, it’s been pretty warm, I’ve lost three pounds (yay!) and I’ve made some really nifty new stuff. And I’ve opened a bunch of new stores. So 2012 has been great.
Q: What is your “go to” get away spot for the holidays? What essential items do you pack in your bags on that escape end of year?
Palm Beach—always. I bring Lacoste shirts and espadrilles and I’m all set.