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Charming Charlie Overview

Houston, TX
5001 to 10000 employees
2004
Company - Private
Retail
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
At Charming Charlie, we believe life should be colorful. We’re dedicated to helping find your one-of-a-kind style. After all—you’re a true original! From cool and creative to classic and refined, our jewelry, handbags and accessories are made to ... Read more

Mission: To make women happy and inspire them to lead more colorful, confident lives.

Charming Charlie – Why Work For Us?


Careers at Charming Charlie


At Charming Charlie, we find joy in the little things. We believe the perfect ACCESSORY has the power to make you feel great about yourself and a bright pop of COLOR can absolutely transform you. We’re a place where you can celebrate your own STYLE, find that perfect piece you’ve been looking for and discover IRRESISTIBLE new treasures! We design our chic accessory and lifestyle collections to give you the best QUALITY and VALUE so you can shop to your heart’s content. And we’ll always have just the right pieces to help you look your best for big days and every-days. With hundreds of stores in the United States, Canada, Philippines, and Arabia stocked full of the all latest trends, Charming Charlie is on a mission to become the global leader in fashion jewelry and accessories. Our teams go the extra mile to find the perfect hue for you. Join us on this exciting journey and work for the most colorful store in the world!

We're charmed to meet you! Our team is on a mission to make women happy and inspire them to lead more colorful, confident lives. COLORFUL is the fun spirit we embrace in the everyday, from our product palette to our playful stores.  CONFIDENT is always having pieces with great quality and value that make her look and feel her best at any moment. 

We're crazy for color. We live for sparkle. We thrive on making a statement. Why? Because we know accessories have the power to transform both your outfit and your outlook.  When it comes to accessories, we believe if it feels good, do it, and if it looks good, do it in every color it comes in. 

We are looking for authentic, passionate people that are committed to join us for this incredible journey as we build our brand. Check out our openings and be on your way to discovering a colorful career.

Thank you for your interest in Charming Charlie!

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Our Customer Support Center is in Houston, TX with our marketing office in Los Angeles, CA.  Our very first store opened in 2004 and it has evolved to become our home office.  If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and thrive in a dynamic work environment, we’d love to hear from you.  We are creating a culture of agility with a start up mentality.

Our Core Values:

  • Authentic
  • Passionate
  • Committed
  • Accountable
  • Results Oriented

Our vision is to become the #1 fashion jewelry and accessories brand in the world. We believe in going the extra mile and having some fun along the way!  Check out our openings and be on your way to discovering a colorful career.

Thank you for your interest in Charming Charlie!

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Charlie Chanaratsopon : On a Winner’s Mindset

Source: Huffington Post
Written by: Renata M. Black- Founder, Empowered by You
See full article here

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How has coming from an immigrant family and the tenacity that you’ve had to endure as a child been parlayed into your business?

I’m a first generation citizen in the US, coming from Thailand. In 1984, my parents started their own business here from the ground up and worked tirelessly every day. I remember seeing their passion, drive and commitment as a great example for me to follow. I think of that often. I believe this is an amazing country that gives opportunities to those that pursue their dreams. I’m grateful to have been born in the United States. Otherwise, I don’t think I would have had the same opportunities today.

How do you see yourself staying ahead of the curve, connecting with your large-ranging audience and advancing with the future of retail?

In 2016, we have to stay ahead and run beside the customer. Shopping and consumer trends have evolved so fast and so much that we can’t win just following the customer. We’re either moving forward or we’re moving backward. That’s the nature of the game these days. A summary of all touch points and interactions our customers have with our brand is what defines it. Today, on average, 50 percent of our customers use mobile phones while they’re in a Charming Charlie store. That’s a significant change from five years ago. We believe the mobile experience is part of the entire customer service experience. It’s another way of interacting and being a part of her day-to-day life. Are we there yet? No, though we’re working toward this and investing to make sure we do it and do it well.

Do you see yourself as a lifestyle brand?

A lifestyle brand means different things to different people. What are we? We aim, as a brand, to make women happier, more self-confident, and try to add a lot of color to their already colorful lives. We are the most colorful fashion jewelry and accessories brand in the world with the most selection by multiples. Our customers often describe us as the candy store for women, and we love that.

You have so many different female customers providing feedback. A woman from Dallas is going to be totally different from a woman in New York. What is it that you want to learn from her or know about her?

We want to give her what she wants. It’s a never-ending journey learning about our customers. Consumer preferences and profiles evolve quickly. In 2007, iPhones and iPads didn’t exist, so that’s completely changed the backdrop of how people shop and experience brands. The amount of information available to us about our customers has grown exponentially. We look at everything from conversations happening on social media channels to focus groups to shopalongs and customer surveys. We take the summary of all our insights, which helps us reinforce our brand strategy. I think now more than ever agility is an important attribute for brand success. For example, we know that artisan and boho-chic is a more sought after product on the west coast than in the south. The south prefers bold, statement aesthetic compared to the rest of the country. We have multiple ranges of product aesthetics in the stores for every woman. The quantities and varieties are tailored to the specific preferences of the region.

Some of our biggest breakthroughs come from our biggest breakdowns. Have you experienced a breakdown moment in your life as an entrepreneur that eventually ended up being a big breakthrough?

In December 2006, we had three locations, which we merchandised similar to small department stores, not by color. Our stores didn’t have their own DNA at the time. I remember watching this customer shop and she said, “You know what, this would be a lot easier if you put all this jewelry together by color, by table!” I said, “Well, why?” and she said, simply, “Well, don’t you see that it’s easier to shop that way?” Since we only had three stores, we could do things quickly, so we pulled the products and built a color table. We noticed that customers started liking it at the test store, so we brought the color concept to two other locations. As customers responded to it even more, we converted all our stores to merchandise by color. So if you asked 99 out of 100 of our customers, they would tell you we’re the store that has everything laid out by color. That’s our equity, that’s our DNA. 

When your eulogy is given, nobody talks about how much your company made, they talk about the type of person you were. What do you want your legacy to be?

I want to be known as the type of person who took a lot of risks, committed to following my bliss, and poured myself into everything. That I loved what I did and my passion for my family, friends and work was unrivaled. That’s what I hope for now. But as I think about this pertaining to business, in one word, it’s leadership. My definition is pretty simple. It’s about making others better as a result of your presence and having it last with your absence.

If your life were a book, what would each of the titles be for 2015 and 2016?

For 2015, “Win or Learn.” The reason I say that is most people say you win or you lose. In my eleven years, since the inception of Charming Charlie, I have had hundreds of lessons under my belt, at least. I’ve learned more from the mistakes than I have from the wins. For 2016, the title would be “Play to Win.” What I mean by that is when you look at successful, growing companies, they mostly, play to win. They’re playing offense. Some people have a different mindset and I call that playing not to lose. These are subtle adjustments, but they’re very different in mindset. As we continue to learn, I hold myself accountable to thinking about that slight difference, always playing to win.

At the intersection of tenacity and passion is Charlie. His colorful path has created unparalleled synergy that doesn’t just show, but rather gleams! This story is a testament to how simply listening to your consumer can create an entire innovative business model. Charlie is a quintessential Paradigm Shifter whose minor shift in mind and in product assortment has had a transformative impact.

 

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    I've so far worked for Charming Charlie for 5 years and it is the best job I have ever had. I certainly believe in people work for people and that as leaders, you set the tone in your store. The quality is much better than from when I first started, I love my team including DM, peers, Regional, and our executives. They are some of the hardworking people I know. My customers are great and it NEVER gets old bonding with a customer, especially when it's their first time.

    Cons

    A lot of these complaints are internal such as my GSM did this, did that or DM did this or that. I wish they could have experienced it from my end.

    Yes, they are a bit disorganized. But who isn't? It's business and decisions sometimes are made in the moment. Not only that, the primary leaders should look at the situation different and use their problem solving skills to implement a quick solution. I guarantee you put someone in the store who is passionate, inspiring, structured, and positive, there will be a difference in numbers.

    Yes, we let go 1 or 2 positions in most low volume stores. Our company does care because they didn't have to offer you a position or a severance package. Some companies didn't even offer that. And it's business. A lot of companies have realigned in the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing you and figuring out what our next step is. Retail is a cut throat world especially now that e-commerce is our biggest competitor.

    Replace those not passionate about the company with those who are. We need strong leaders in the business to make a difference. Those who can inspire their team, not ones who are negative. That is what will hurt the numbers.

    Keep challenging us to be better leaders. No one successful ever became successful without some hard work.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Charming Charlie (Houston, TX).

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    From what I remember, I interviewed with the HR manager over the phone first about my past experience and then the following week met with two different hiring managers- one over the phone and one in person. Roughly 2 weeks later was presented an offer.

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