Purveyors of the most exquisite hand crafted jewelry around, I’m thrilled that we get to take a behind the scenes peek at MIRLO‘s studio. From the daintiest of rings to the sexiest of bangles, we’re about to get lost in jewelry heaven. With photos from the talented Esther Sun, there’s more to be found in the gallery. And be sure to read on as we’re giving away a STUNNING piece from Katherine’s latest collection!
SMP: Tell us a little about Mirlo!
MIRLO is a contemporary jewelry line that consists of both brass and fine jewelry all handcrafted in New York City. The company was founded by myself along with my business partner and friend Grace Grichel. Although we have only launched last August we have been very blessed on how quickly we’ve grown.
SMP: You’ve designed some of the most uniquely beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen. Where do you get your inspiration?
I mainly design jewelry for myself and what I want to put on everyday. I wanted my pieces to be minimal and classic with edgy silhouettes. I draw inspiration from simple, clean lines that make the collection versatile, with unexpected details that add depth and character to every piece. I am drawn to structural beauty.
SMP: What’s it like to run your own brick and mortar shop?
Hoping one day we can have our own brick and mortar down the road but for now I feel very fortunate enough to have our own private showroom in TriBeCa where we hold all our buyer and press meetings.
SMP: What was the turning point in your business where you knew it would really take off?
It was when we had an influx of meeting requests from buyers and the press which required us to take the next step in our business and to set up our very own showroom.
SMP: The most difficult part of entrepreneurship?
Trying to find a balance between work and my family (13 month of daughter and husband). I always feel guilty when it should be quality family time, I’m constantly thinking about work in the back of my head. But I am getting better at it!
SMP: One thing you wish you knew when first starting out?
That I would be wearing many different hats. As much as I’d like to just sit and design, there’s so many aspects to running a business that it’s not all creative work as I hoped for.
SMP: Do you have any tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps?
Be open minded and break the rules.
SMP: What’s one thing you’d tell someone who’s hoping to start their own business?
Spend less time researching and more time doing. In order to get certainty, you must act. It doesn’t happen by learning more, it comes by leaping in and putting yourself out there.
SMP: Three things every fashionable woman should have?
A good blazer, a leather jacket and a great pair of heels.
SMP: One thing you just can’t live without?
Donuts! They just make me happy.
BONUS!! Katherine is giving away one of her highly covetted handcuff rings (that can be custom engraved, depending on the winner’s preference). Simply enter below!