FASHION

Small Business Saturday: Mulanic Designs

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For my second installation of my Small Business Saturday series, I’m honored to be able to feature the work of a young, local talent who owns and creates her own crochet designs and fashion brand, Mulanic Designs. It’s typical for people of older generations to look down upon the youth as listless and without passion, but this sixteen year old defies their stereotype; without even having yet received her high school diploma, she’s managed to conjure a business idea at fifteen and execute it a year later. A feat that most people, regardless of age, can't say that they’ve accomplished.

 Owner and Designer of Mulanic Designs, Jadzia Scott

Owner and Designer of Mulanic Designs, Jadzia Scott

Meet Jadzia Scott—Brooklyn native, owner, and designer of Mulanic Designs; a crochet clothing brand whose name derives from her (and my) favorite Disney Princess Mulan. Jadzia’s passion for crocheting began with a lesson of the basics from her mother—a designer at the time who created crochet tops for music videos and fashion shows—when she was nine. Her designs took a backseat to school for a time and she rekindled her passion for the handmade art in the past year as interest in her skills took off. After crocheting in class, her peers took interest in the outcome of her designs and she’s been working to meet her rising influx of demand ever since.

What inspires me the most are my two favorite words: completion and competition. I am a very competitive person. When women ask me for a crochet design, I usually yearn for them to test my creative abilities. I love when they ask me to “Do my thing” because I show off when I’m challenged and my best pieces are what are produced from competitiveness.
— Jadzia Scott, Owner and Designer of Mulanic Designs

The Mulanic Designs bralettes are highest in demand and, even as a one-woman brand, Jadzia churns out an average of a top a day with quick turnaround and client satisfied quality. With a growing brand and design orders alike, the fashion designer has found reward in the experience of seeing her clients love and feel untouchable in the pieces they purchased. As an entrepreneur, she loves the journey which she has embarked on and is grateful and excited for every milestone she’s reached along the way.

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I want my clients to feel untouchable when they wear my pieces; I want them to feel confident in their skin. Each top I make will always have something unique to it. “It’s a Mulanic thing” is what I usually like to say. When you wear it, you will automatically feel it. Ultimately, all eyes will be on you and that’s about the best feeling for any woman—to feel confident in their skin.
— Jadzia Scott, Owner and Designer of Mulanic Designs

With plans to expand her brand and broaden its reach, Jadzia has no lack in confidence that her beautiful handmade designs will only increase in demand and that she will reach her ultimate goal of getting her designs featured at concerts, fashion shows, and music videos. Jadzia’s efforts are focused locally in Brooklyn for the time being, but orders can be placed through direct contact or Instagram messaging. Custom designs are also available upon request as well as fittings and measurements for a fully customizable piece. To see more photos of the fashion tops by Mulanic Designs, check out their Instagram here (@mulanic_designs).

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I wanna dress the best and also feed my city with the best threads. I have to keep Brooklyn looking good.
— Jadzia Scott, Owner and Designer of Mulanic Designs

Photos by Pascal DuBois (@paparazzopascal).

Run the Jewels: Rocksbox

If there's anything that Goldmember (from Austin Powers in Goldmember) and I have in common, it's our love for gold. Love may be an understatement though, as it's the only metal I'll ever wear. Obsessed might be the proper term, which is why I was so thrilled with this month's Rocksbox which was filled with three curated jewelry picks just for me.

Rocksbox is a subscription service and "the premiere destination to rent designer jewelry." Every month, "members receive a highly curated box of designer jewelry (Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, Gorjana, Loren Hope, and more) with the option to borrow, buy or swap at any time." Best part is that all purchased jewelry is sold to you at a discount. So, you get to try on pieces comfortably in your home with all of your favorite outfits and choose the right jewelry for you if want to. It's like having a personal shopper send you perfectly curated pieces  to your home!

If you want to try out Rocksbox, use my discount code sherellenaturellexoxo when you sign up to become a Rocksbox member and receive your first month free! 

Small Business Saturday: Metamorphix

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Being in New York City has presented me with opportunities to meet and interact with amazing people and artists from all walks of life that I couldn’t dream of meeting anywhere else. It’s mind-blowing to think of all the art, trends, and innovations born and bred out of the creatives who made them happen in the big city of lights. It’s even more awe-inducing that I got to feature one of these creatives on my blog today.

Meet Myrlande, a self-taught designer who creates abstract jewelry for her self-owned company Metamorphix. Having started jewelry design after a bad break up, the Metamorphix designer discovered her unknown knack for design while seeking therapeutic hobbies to ease the pain of a broken heart and finding herself along the way. You’ll find the material for most of her jewelry familiar as she often creates beautiful pieces from everyday household items. Materials in which some would find no use, Myrlande’s keen eye for innovative jewelry design sees potential for a standout piece and the results are striking every time.

My favorite material to work with is Mango seeds. Coming from the Caribbean, Mango is my favorite fruit and I love the aspect of being eco-friendly, so it was only right that I get creative and make something out of the Mango seeds. My next favorite material is leather. Leather has this expensive, rich texture to it. You can cut it into many shapes, paint it, sew it to create awesome designs.
— Myrlande Georges, Metamorphix designer
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Myrlande finds beauty and her inspiration in the most unsuspecting objects like the often forgotten, no-named spring found in remotes or pens and masterfully creates unique pieces that instantly enhance a look. Her scrunchie earrings were one of my favorites to wear as they reminded me of the dozens I have lying around and the alternative uses creatives see for simple, seemingly one purposed items.

The most rewarding experience of being a small business owner is that I get to follow my passion and have fun with it.
— Myrlande Georges, Metamorphix designer

In a world where big-brand companies over-flood our media, it’s easy to overlook small businesses. Sometimes, if you blink too soon, you’ll miss the wonders, designs, art, and culture in your own neighborhood. Here on Sherelle Naturelle, my hopes are to open your eyes to the talents of our community and showcase the not-so-hidden gems that are right under our noses.

You can find Myrlande’s jewelry pieces for sale at her Metamorphix online store here (squareup.com/market/metamorphix.com). Or, if you’re in New York, you can purchase her jewelry at brick and mortar shops such as Blink Boutique, Brand Hunter, and Marche Rue Dix.

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Photo credit: Pascal DuBois