SLS Senior by Day, Entrepreneur by Night

Michael Pizzani '19

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run a business? How about what it’s like to run a business while being a high school student? That’s exactly what senior Tierney Schiff is doing, and it’s nothing short of impressive.

In her freshman year of high school, Tierney longed for a signature jewelry piece that she could wear anywhere. After searching through countless websites in an attempt to find the perfect piece, she decided to make and design her own using some simple supplies she found at home. The result was great, and Tierney saw potential for a business.

After this revelation, she hired a coder to help design a website and ordered high quality materials in bulk. She also networked on social media. Her grandfather helped her expand her business into perfumes as well. Today, she sells necklaces, earrings, bracelets, perfume, and even swimsuits on her website métier.

Social media has played a tremendous role in Tierney’s business and has allowed it to grow to where it is today. If you check out her instagram page (@metieressentials) you’ll not only see stunning pictures of her jewelry but also influencers (with an impressive number of followers) wearing them.

Her bikini line is made in a factory in New York, where Tierney can closely work with the producers. On her website, they’re worn by a customer who also happens to be a model in Miami.

It’s clear Tierney puts a lot of time into her business; however, she says it rarely affects her social life. She effortlessly manages to juggle her business even with everything else going on in her life as a high school senior.

When it comes to the holidays and prom season, she says, “I will definitely have to cancel plans all weekend and prioritize [métier] completely, but I enjoy it, so I don’t mind.”

From working with models in Miami to small business owners in California, Tierney has made quite a few connections. She notes that networking – a skill few high school students develop – is one of the most important aspects of her business.

As for the future of métier, Tierney says she wants to continue her work in college. As long as the college has a post office, she’s good to go.

“Hopefully it grows,” she says, “but I don’t want it to be to the scale where it gets impersonal.”