MAÌ.

July 1st, 2018

My ‘secret project’.

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I’ve teased this for a bit, and today my brand Maì is launching!

Take a look at what I’ve been doing in the past month to make it happen.

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I had the idea of creating my own brand – where I control 100% of what goes into it – back in February.

I’ve worked with other brands and have a whole team helping me out with my Marzia shop as we sell large amounts of products and would be impossible for me to follow everything by myself.

They do a great job and are always on top of everything, but I’ve always felt like I wanted to be able to get hands on with certain things that I make. I wanted a place where I put 100% of myself into and create whatever I felt like.

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So a few months back I spent some time focusing on what I wanted Maì to be, drawing out a website and the overall look of the brand.

Last year I had worked with my cousin Veronica (and her company) to create a fine jewellery line. It sold much more than anticipated, and for the first time, that project was something I had looked over from start to finish: I had to be on the phone (which, prior to that experience, was a big no for me), meeting the people sourcing the gold and figuring out the details involved with the production of the line.

Normally I delegate things to my team, as they are much more experienced than I am, but because I was working with an Italian company, I had to step up and do things myself.

I was scared of the idea of having to talk to people and explain my ideas, especially because jewellery was a field I knew very little about; but I was taught useful informations and realised I could do this.

So I sketched the line, asked my cousin what she thought about it, and she introduced me to her boss. Once I was happy with the samples they were providing, they asked my cousin to hand-make all the jewellery.

My team then took care of selling it in the shop and shipping it out. There were hundreds and hundreds of orders and I wasn’t going to be able to do that on my own.

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With Maì, I’m keeping things small. I’m starting with a total of 100 items for sale, so that I can prepare each order with care myself, and ship it out as they come, without feeling overwhelmed.

Another difference with my past line, is the fact that it’s ready to go: previously, we decided to go for a made-to-order kind of deal, so that once we knew the exact amount of buyers, we could create all the jewellery; this saved the risk of not selling (since it was the first time I sold something like that) and also covered us from a price point, as we didn’t need to invest huge amounts before selling.

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This time I invested personally on the gold pieces, so they are all ready to go. I have them all in my office, individually packaged in these small craft boxes with a black velvet cushion and the Maì logo stamped in the front.

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I also listened to the feedback from the passed line, about adding a silver option: I want these pieces to be timeless and made out of real gold, so instead of going for silver, I opted for white gold.

In order to keep prices affordable whilst being fine jewellery, I picked 9kt gold this time.

I saw some of you requested rose gold, and that’s something I will look into adding for future designs, if the brand grows.

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As you may have spotted, I did bring back this moon and sun design, but in white gold: it’s the same as the previous line, but because lots of you wanted to see it in white, I made sure to make it available.

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The hoop earrings are made slightly smaller.

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But the newer designs are about the Foglia line, which means leaf.

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I always enjoy a dainty look for my jewellery, so I opted for something small and classy, with small hoops, and a leaf and clear gem holding onto it from a thin chain.

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There are also Foglia necklaces, with pink and green gemstones.

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And midi/pinky rings.

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So these are the first jewellery options available in the shop, and as I said the quantities are quiet limited, but as things sell out, I will keep putting new orders through as well as adding new designs as time goes by.

A new line is already in the works (they always take a few months), and I plan to have new products always coming to the website.

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Something else I wanted to offer was some home decor. My dad has worked with iron basically his whole life, and is a crafty handy man, so I asked him to create me some planters.

I sketched my idea for him, and he quickly created these products. I wanted to start with planters because I love to decorate the house with plants and look after them. I haven’t seen planters holding two pots before and figured that would look very pretty!

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These Guro planters come in black and white, and again, I only have a small stock available but my dad works fast and if they go, we will be able to remake them quite quickly.

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I wanted to have some handmade pots ready to go in the website, for the launch today, but unfortunately my kiln is nowhere to be seen.

I have more than a dozen pots ready to be fired, so the second I get my kiln, I will be busy working on them and once they are ready, they will be up on the shop.

I’m making planters and candles at the moment, but I will try and make mugs and vases as well. Or even sculptures. Will see!

The 3 categories I will keep as a base are fine jewellery, pottery and decor, but I think every so often I will add some ‘odd’ items that don’t necessarily go under any of these.

I’m beyond excited about this project, and I’m hoping you are liking the concept and the products!

Take a look now at Maì.com
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Marzia

120 thoughts on “MAÌ.

  1. La Dame Who Fell To Earth

    Wow I actually was not expecting a fine jewellery line even though you had been teasing a new project! ❤ these pieces are honestly so beautiful :O I love how you combined the moons and stars with the little faces as well as the leaves. You honestly are so creative I dont know how you do it because you always channel it into so many fields between youtube, writing a book and a blog to being a clothing, homeware and jewellery designer. Please keep up all your hard work Marzia. It's super inspiring. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. flight0knight

    I love this!! You are so creative! I will definitely check out the website.
    I was so sad I could not get your jewellery last time, hopefully, I will manage to get my hands on something this way :))

    Keep doing what you are doing 🙂 I love seeing you do something this exciting

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  3. Mariana

    This is amazing! I’m in love with all the pieces and details of your Shop. I was waiting for it to open and you never disappoint! So much hard work and so much creativity. The jewelery is just so elegant and at the same time cute. And the planters with that second tiny spot, so so clever! I’ll have to purchase some things because I love this so much!
    Excited to see what’s coming next!
    Congratulations on this new project!

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  4. Sharooga

    this looks great! I also mentioned on your video of June’s notes, I would love for you to make a video on a beginner tips for pottery as it’s something I was looking to get into over the summer 🙂

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  5. Anna L

    I absolutely adore this jewellery line, it’s so beautiful! I went to go the bracelet but it’s sold out ☹ Will you be restocking them at all?

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  6. Victoria

    I’m so excited about this *o*

    I lost the sun hoop for my Luna e Stella earrings so I really hope you’ll think about adding gold versions of the notte earrings. I really adored them, so I’d love it if I were able to purchase a New pair/ replace the missing pendant.

    I’ll also keep up to date with the other jewellery pieces you create :3

    Love, Victoria xx

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  7. Liana Bryer

    Just got the chance to check out your shop and I absolutely love it! You should be very proud, it’s really amazing!
    I just have a question regarding the amount of products you’re selling. I completely understand that this shop is run solely by you and I understand you can’t make thousands of pieces but I was wondering if next time you might be making more than 100 pieces (specifically for the jewellery as that is what I was looking to purchase this time around) or if you would be able to give us some notice about when exactly you will be releasing products because I was really looking forward to purchasing something but unfortunately I was at work all day and I wasn’t sure when exactly today you would putting your items up for sale.
    I also have another question. Will you be restocking items or once they sell out, are they gone and another theme of products will be coming in?

    Really looking forward to being able to purchase an item on your next release!

    Liana

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  8. Jana

    I love everything about this! Moon and star design in white gold is 👌👌👌 The fact that your dad made the planters is so cute and makes them even more special..
    Can’t wait for the flower pots, as I’ve been searchig for 2 or 3 new ones..

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  9. Miss Surreal

    Most of your Jewelry collection is already sold out. I LOVE it. I do not wear jewelry but this collection you designed made me want a few pieces!

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  10. Mara

    Congrats Marzia!! Everything looks beautiful. At the time of this post, I checked the website and almost everything is sold out, so I’m really happy for you

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  11. T Hafez

    even though i don’t think i will be able to buy stuff from this shop i like the stuff you are making so much and i am so excited for mai i can feel that it will be a huge success

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  12. icaweng

    Marzia, Mai is such a lovely brand, I absolutely love everything on the website! I have been looking for a ring to wear as an everyday accessory, and your Foglia ring caught my eye at the first glance. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quick enough, but I look forward when they are restocked in the future. Also excited for your new design too!

    It is also cool that you have a studio to make pottery, I hope the kiln will arrive to you soon >< You give me such a courage and inspiration to start my own business, I have something in mind that I wish I will be able to sell in the future, but have very little idea on how to set up all the things… However, I am feeling much confident and relived now, your post and the way you write give such a calming and uplifted air. Thank you so much for that, Marzia : )

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  13. Kinga

    Hey Marzia! I’m really happy for you that you are doing your best at what you love. I thought “Wow, I want to do something, too” but I don’t have money, crew or team behind me so it’s hard for me. Maybe one day… 🙂
    Keep the good work!
    Kinga from Poland

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  14. lunawinic

    Marzia this line is beautiful! You should be proud of it, congrats! I know everything is sold out already but everything is beautiful and nice. Can’t wait for the next launch! It is amazing that this line is so personal and that even your father is a part of it 💕

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  15. leathehatless

    It’s a very interesting concept and I’m happy you can venture into new projects. I wish you the best of luck, I’m sure it will be a success. 😀

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  16. Alex Wilhelmina

    I’m so sad that the jewellery sold out so quickly! It’s all so gorgeous, and I love the minimalistic style. The price point is also affordable and reasonable for what it is! I can’t wait for restocks/new items because I will definitely be getting something! Congrats on the successful launch 🙂

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  17. Brooke C

    wauw I love the Moon and Star earrings, I never noticed their little faces! This is such a cool and unique project, I’m glad it offers you creative freedom with less stress. Wishing you success with this brand ~

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  18. Ariana Hayes

    It’s so impressive how creative you and your family are. You guys all create wonderful pieces and I’m so glad that you’re sharing them with us, even if I’m personally not buying anything. Great work!

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  19. Jen Baker

    WOW!!Only live for 2 days and everything is sold out!! Congrats!! Sad I missed out on this round but I’m so happy for your success ❤

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  20. Mette

    Wow I just took a look at your website and everything has already sold out! Totally deserved 🙂 The jewelry is elegant and simple and the planters are so creative as well. I wish I could get my hands on one of your pieces ❤
    Love from the Netherlands!

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  21. angeliinaaa

    Woow Marzia that is amazing! I’m in love with all of the pieces.
    The jewelry with the moon and stars is totally sold out (which I expected because it’s so beautiful) but I hope so much it will get back in store! I’m wearing the gold ones nonstop hahah 🙂
    Sending love from Germany

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  22. Marianne

    I really really like your planters and I hope, I’ll be able to order one sometime ! Really like your shop and your products !

    Hope you’re fine and creating every day !
    Love from France

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  23. Aerene

    Hi Marzia!

    So sad that I didn’t get the chance to buy those beautiful leaf earrings! Congrats on your success!

    BTW, I have noticed That you deleted almost half of your content on YouTube. You also deleted one of your look books that I liked so much, the summer one. Are you planning to revamp your channel?

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  24. Gina

    Hey, Marzia. My niece and I love all the things that you make! You’re so creative! I was wondering if your Linee clothes are going to go on sale after you restock them like your other clothes? I’d really like to buy some, but I was too late for the ones I wanted.

    Thanks!
    xoxo, Gina

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  25. iinsctuvr

    The concept and the products are beautiful Marzia! I’m so glad that you’ve invested in the best quality out there for your products. I’ve absolutely fallen in love with your brand! Good luck with Maì and I wish you loads of prosperity and good luck on your new business Marzia. 💕

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  26. anthibz

    I must say.. I was pretty sad that your clothing lines came to an end.. But a whole new shop? You amaze me every time Marzia. Your creativity has no end and your unique style is so appealing! Good job! ❤

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  27. Angelique

    Hi Marzia! In your last Q&A you said then you have a planning wedding book. Can I know which book it is? My boyfriend proposec to me recently too and I search a good book to help 🙂 thank you in advance! xx

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  28. R

    Noooo!!!, 9k!??, the jewelry works different to the rest of the industries, in jewelry one doesn’t search for the cheaper, it’s more like ‘okey, I wanna spend this much’. I own a jewellry. 9k it’s not gold but it’s not ‘not gold’, so yo don’t have the worst of the two worlds.

    The jewelry I make for me or my family is at least 14k, because it’s more gold than anything, and by that his value it’s more ‘real’. With 9k it’s like ‘oh… this have gold..’, with 14k it’s ‘this is gold’, 18k ‘this is a fine piece of jewellery’, 24k ‘haha i own a jewellery store’.

    In resumen, dont be afraid of be ‘expensive’, in jewellery the things work different, people spend whatever they want, no whatever they need. And at least put 14k, lower than that it’s not really ‘fine jewellery’.

    Good luck on yours proyects ❤️

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