We had the good fortune of connecting with Aleksis Baltmanis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aleksis, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, visions, and ideas from a young age. After working in the jewelry, art, and luxury goods industry for 15 years I knew I had found a niche that I liked and intrigued me. After gaining so much insight and knowledge, I knew I was ready to step out and do something on my own terms. At this point in my life, I knew that the only way to have your ideal work-life and fulfillment balance is to create it for yourself.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
LV Collective is a collection of fine jewelry designers, artisans, and rare goods curated by Aleksis Baltmanis. Throughout my 15 years in luxury goods and fine jewelry, I had the unique opportunity to be introduced to exceptionally talented artisans and designers that many will never come across. Most stores will carry larger brands and what is safe and traditional. Although I love and can access iconic heritage brands and more traditional items, my specialty is introducing clients to artists outside of the mainstream that are creating high quality, one of a kind, stunning pieces of art. To me, those items are much more special and exciting to own. What sets me apart is that I take each inquiry and use my vast network of artists to find the perfect piece for someone’s collection, gift, or special occasion. We go on a special search for your unique request. It’s an ideal scenario for entrepreneurs, execs, and jewelry lovers as I do the heavy lifting and we just go back and forth till we find the right piece. I’ve learned that many people are looking for what’s new, interesting, and special that they don’t know about and many people do not own. Meanwhile, others need help because they don’t know much about jewelry, diamonds, art, and what they are buying, or the available options out there. It can be a very intimidating experience for men or women making a larger purchase. I help, educate, share and guide throughout the entire process. I am most excited about the exceptional world-renowned artists and artist on the rise that I already have in my portfolio in such a short time, I’m honored to be able to offer their works. What I have learned is to stay focused on your vision and not let others that may not understand what you’re doing deter you. Stay true to your vision and try to learn and evolve daily. It took many years of knowledge and learning to get to where I am today and have the confidence needed to go after my dreams. The sky is the limit from here and I am having fun building relationships and making meaningful connections with my clients.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So this is pre or post pandemic and summer. The trips focal call point is a great show at red rocks with a nice tailgate before withfriends. Late night fo course which needs a great brunch the next day and some mimosas and drinks to get reaclimated. An oldie but a goodies for that would always be Steubens in Uptown. From there we go to some of the great communal places that Denver is known for like Avanti, The Source, Denver Milk market and finish off the night at Forest Room 5 Sitting outside by one of the firess in the woods. Throughout the week an adventure to the wild animal sanctuary to see many rescued animals roaming freely. I recommend adopting an animal there for the year to help feed it. A must would be a classic hike in Chautauqua park in Boulder. Royal Arch would be my favorite for a great view of the front range. A day trip to Estes Park as well and do a hike in Rocky Mountain National park followed by dinner a drinks on The Stanley Hotel’s front porch. Too many great places to list but other things through the week would be dinners at some of Colorado’s amazing restaurants like Table 6, Mercantile, Vinyl, Uncle, Cholon Bistro. Cant forget our amazing Mexican food. Two of my favorites are Los Carboncitos and El Taco De Mexico. Sprinkled in amongst all of this would be visits to the great museums in Denver to see some art. The DAM, MCA Denver, Clyfford Still Museum, Kirkland Museum as well as all of that amazing museums and galleries on Santa Fe.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would definitely like to give a shout out to my godfather for always giving me great business and life advice. Encouraging me to just go for it and screw it, start your own business, why not! It has kept me from getting complacent and continue dreaming and staying creative. I have had a few close mentors in the jewelry industry that really schooled me on the reality, ins and outs that you only get from decades of experience. This helped takes my confidence and business acumen to the next level so that I could thrive. Lastly, my family and friends. They truly believe in me and everything that my heart sets out to do. These support systems and positive reinforcement keep me motivated daily and confident in my own abilities out there in the world.
Barrbara Heinrich Studio, Katherine Jetter, Tuggle Designs, Mark Patterson, Dana Bronfman, LV Collective, Rare Elementz by Joshua Pass, Jason T Graves.