After giving up her career as an attorney, Susan transformed her lifelong passions for design and fashion by launching Susan Hanover Designs. Her first collection of designer jewelry received considerable attention, enabling her to make a notable place for herself in the highly competitive accessories market. Her earrings quickly became signature pieces, recognized around the world for their sophisticated yet whimsical style. Susan developed her brand and within a year or two her collections were sold in many of the major retailers both in the USA and abroad. She eventually went on to open her own retail stores and now services clients throughout the world.
Susan’s designs continue to evolve with each season, yet she always remains true to the original form that makes her line so distinctive. Her inspiration is drawn from an eclectic blend of design, art, fashion, New York and world travel. While color and stones are predominantly featured in her work Susan’s collections center around her love for design. Having studied art for many years she views her work simply as “a subtle balance between the design and the medium so that one does not overcome the other and a symbiosis is formed.”
Susan’s designs have been cited or featured in a number of publications including The New York Times, Departures, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle and Vogue. Her earrings have become “must-have” accessories for red carpet struts, television appearances and fashion shoots. Her pieces have been spotted on Beyonce, Sienna Miller, Blake Lively, Kelley Ripa, Jennifer Hudson, Katie Holmes, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Brooke Shields and many more. Susan’s earrings were picked twice for Oprah’s Favorite Things and the former first Lady, Mrs. Obama, was a fan too and wore her earrings to numerous White house events.
Susan Has partnered up with numerous philanthropic organizations. Her past partnerships with the International Children’s Heart Foundation, the American Cancer Society, The Undies Project, the Long Island Volunteer Center, (PRODUCT) (RED), and with Christy Turlington’s Every Mother Counts, positioned Susan among top retailers and brand names, committed to aiding humanitarian causes, demonstrating her evolution as a social-minded contemporary designer.
Susan enjoys reading, listening to podcasts and connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs. Her kids keep her current on new tech and music and she is a quick study. Her path has been one of entrepreneurship and design: “it’s been a magical journey….one I have embraced at every turn.”