Meet the Team
SUE COPE TRAHAN
Owner, Jeweler / Designer
Welcome! I'm Sue Cope Trahan, former Boston news reporter, now obsessed with breathing new life into jewelry that was `Once’ in fashion.
Two dynamic women played a role in my lifelong love of jewelry and fashion. As a little girl, my mother had a big influence on me when it came to fashion and choosing the perfect pieces of jewelry to compliment an outfit. To this day, she knows how to rock it! I also remember gazing at my grandmother’s jewelry collection which she so creatively displayed on an old postcard stand that was about 5 feet tall. Everything was organized by color and matching sets. I now have a similar setup in my jewelry studio.
I currently live in Columbus, OH with my husband of 18 years and our 6 year old Boxer, Lily. We also own a home in a beautiful seaside town near Boston. After a 25 year career in broadcasting, I turned to my creative and marketing talents to start my jewelry business. That was 9 years ago and I am so grateful for each and every one of my customers! Along the way, I’ve also had the honor of having many of my creations chosen for celebrity gifting at the Emmy's, Women In Film, and The American Cinematheque Awards. Recipients of my work have included Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Portia de Rossi, Edie Falco and others.
Thank you for being here. You have helped make my life a dream!
Jeweler, Logistics, Tech & Design
Elise, Sue's daughter, adds her own line of artisan jewelry to Once offerings. Her aesthetic is influenced by vintage botany illustrations, microscopic sea things, & botanical treasures. At Once, Elise handles graphic and web design, tech-logistics, and project management. Elise designed Oncebysct.com! Elise lives in Anacortes, WA, where she enjoys traveling with her two sons and partner on their sailboat. Elise's jewelry is available exclusively at Eliseandco.store.
Deb “De Mack” was originally hired to “help with shipping” but once Sue learned about Deb’s many hidden talents, (mostly because Deb is so humble), Sue quickly gave her additional responsibilities! For that, Deb quickly earned the nickname “I’ll Do It Deb” because anytime she sees something that needs be done, whether it be getting hands-on with jewelry production, photographing all the pretties or adding new inventory to the website, Deb gets it done! She is Sue's go-to gal and never disappoints. And yes, she still handles most of the shipping with great attention to the details. We love Deb!
About Once by SCT
Once by Sue Cope Trahan encompasses everything Sue loves: decorating & design, vintage jewelry and all things pretty. It is the second business she has owned and she's honored to have had her creations chosen for celebrity gifting at the Emmy's, Women In Film, and The American Cinematheque Awards. Recipients of her work have included Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Portia de Rossi, Edie Falco and others. In the last few years, Sue has become known for her estate jewelry collections, offering both simplistic and dramatic designs.