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After having diligently marketed my intimate, soft-sell, evocative approach to lifestyle branding in jewelry, watches, and home décor, it may or may not lift an eyebrow or two to learn that I also write copy for such testosterone-forward items as Jeeps, muscle cars, and sporty automotives along the Alfa Romeo line.

And yet, it’s true.

A good copywriter has the dexterity to tackle almost any topic and inhabit the realm of your target consumer.

2014 Jeep Wrangler

Once upon a time, however, a creative director in Portland (or was he merely a content manager?) said to me: You write about fashion; you couldn’t possibly understand how to relate to high-tech products. Au contraire. There’s a lot more method acting involved in copywriting than anyone realizes. I’ve haven’t driven any of these cars, I haven’t gone mud-bogging in a Wrangler, and I haven’t worn kate spade jewelry either.

Research, imagination, empathy: along with impeccable grammar, these are an effective copywriter’s stock-in-trade. Writing words that sell isn’t about belonging to a particular demographic, as so many hiring managers wrongly assume. One needn’t be a fashionista or a tech nerd or an off-road, high-octane enthusiast in order to write believably about products that appeal to each and every specialized niche.

I expressed as much to my “friend.” But poor Briggsy, he just didn’t… get it.

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“this…timeless watch”

Sea HunterThere’s something hypnotic about reading watch descriptions. Or, at the very least, there’s something hypnotic about reading my watch descriptions. A new client hired me to describe one of his designs, and so back I went… through the treasure trove of copy I wrote for that certain major online retailer, not so many years ago.

Best advice I was given back in the day? Never, ever, describe a watch as being “timeless.” (Although that doesn’t appear to have stopped Gucci!)

Reacquainting myself with the rigors inherent to writing about watches — the blending of pinpoint accuracy & dreamy sales narrative — I rediscovered any number of well-spun phrases I loved: dazzles the eye with rainbow hues of blue and rose; pineapple-textured 18k gold; display window bubbles up at the three o’clock; and uninterrupted gold flows into…a textured center that mimics the rays of the sun.

Yes, indeed, it can be poetry.

And so I’ve gathered a few samples here for our collective pleasure. Click the screenshots for a closer read. (Magnifying glass optional.)

Seiko Women's Camel Leather Watch screenshot

smartly pairs gray monochromes with luminous yellow accents Invicta Leviathan screenshot

pair with winter whites or vibrant summer colors…a ladylike quarter-moon…covering nearly a fortnightSeiko Women's Mother of Pearl screenshot

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notes from the island of lost copy…

Sometimes, brilliant copy—no matter how fun & compelling—never arrives at its intended destination. Here are 2 short & perky specimens from… the Island of Lost Copy! Orange chair

Perfect for a pod house or your post-modern patio, the Flux Designer Chair effortlessly adds to the contemporary élan of your home flow. This award-winning Dutch design features a vented scoop seat above an eye-catching angular base.

At once elegant and practical, this 36-inch Granite Fire Pit brings rustic allure to your backyard sanctuary. 90 pieces of lighter and darker-hued granite may be assembled in either a round or square shape. Roast marshmallows or simply bask bgranite fire roundy the firelight!

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Nautically whimsical

whimsical necklaceWell, a year makes a long while to go in between portfolio updates. It isn’t that our Catalog Copywriter hasn’t been busy—quite the opposite, in fact, with scant time for posting new work.

Before sharing some of my recent samples, here’s an oldie yet goodie from the Spring of 2011: fun, compelling copy splashed across the Web that sold out this Sorelli “Sweet Dreams” gem in practically no time. Good luck finding one on eBay!!

Like a treasure from the deep blue sea, the Sorrelli “Sweet Dreams” Circular Set Crystal Bib Gold-Toned Necklace has a whimsically nautical character. Opaque sea-green stones lie wreathed by clear crystals of deep purple and by Fleur-de-lis patterns of gold-finished brass to an enchanting effect. The interlocking circles mix delicate pastels with ornate textures. A creamy white crystal might be surrounded by a perimeter of opaque off-white stones, while a shimmering rose crystal lies hemmed in by beads. This innovative design connects to a brass chain that fastens easily with lobster-claw clasps. Your dazzling new necklace runs 21 inches in length.

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Cubist charm that lets you be you

It’s always a pleasure to write copy for Vanessa Mooney’s designs.

Feel the summer warmth get a little bit warmer with the Vanessa Mooney Short Safari Necklace on Black Thread. Gold-tinted brass nuggets (10 in all) alternate with nine pieces of Ethiopian silver on an ebony cotton chain that clasps with a golden brass hook. While the nuggets have a certain Cubist charm, the oblong silver pieces suggest the handiwork of East African deities. Wear this one to a jazz club by night or at the botanical gardens by day. This handmade accessory is 18 inches long — its multiple ornamentation measures 1 inch in height and 1/2 inch in width.

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