AGE: 28. LIVES IN: Lincoln Square. CLAIM TO FAME: Founder and CEO of unisex watch line Le Coeur Watch Co. (Lecoeurwatches.com), based in River West. BY DESIGN: After graduating from DePaul University with a minor in photography, art and design, Mokris worked in retail marketing for recreational vehicle company Camping World, run by “The Profit’s” Marcus Lemonis. It was her first taste working with overseas manufacturers, and got the wheels turning for a business of her own. WATCH AND LEARN: “The design for Le Coeur started because I could never find a watch that I really, really loved,” Mokris says. When she came up with a prototype she did like, she launched a Kickstarter in mid-April 2015, meeting her $10,000 funding goal in just two days. THE FEATURES: Deeply rooted in her love of travel (“le coeur” means heart in French), each of the 16 models (starting at $160) is named for the city it was inspired by, like New York and Mykonos. All are crafted with Italian leather straps, Swiss and Japanese quartz movements, sapphire glass crystal and stainless steel casebacks. GIVING BACK: Each month, a portion of the sales benefits a charity partner. For February, Le Coeur teamed up with the humanitarian organization International Rescue Committee. HOME SWEET HOME: Late last year, Mokris rolled out the Chicago watch ($215), designed with an engraved Chicago flag caseback, gray leather strap and matte black case. “When we launched the brand, we didn’t have a watch named after our hometown,” she says. “We put a lot of love and thought into it. … It was our best interpretation of the city that we love so much.” COMING UP: In 2017, Mokris hopes to launch a pop-up travel tour, visiting some of the U.S. cities the watches are named for.
Pictured at top: the Oxford watch, $160; above: the Chicago watch, $215
Photos by Ramzi Dreessen