We had a chat with Amira Monaie who started something so different by creating handmade accessories whilst in her first year of university. How impressive? So lets find out more about the Monaie Designs…
To start with, can you share with us some information about yourself.
Hi! I’m Amira Monaie of A. Monaie Designs. A. Monaie Designs is a handmade accessory company that I started in my first year of university. I am originally from Baltimore, USA but I moved to the UK three years ago. I’m currently in my final year of university where I study Management with Marketing. I’m an avid to-do list maker and fitness fanatic!
What inspired you to start your own company?
I moved to England during my senior year of highschool and I didn’t know what or who I wanted to be. I decided to study Management so I could learn about business but it wasn’t my intention to start creating jewellery. I’ve always loved art but I didn’t start crafting until 2013. It was my close family and friends who encouraged me to turn my new hobby into a business. I really appreciate all of their help and support, they gave me the encouragement needed to get going! I’m very grateful to God for my business and all the people I’ve met along the way!
What pieces are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a line around the theme of ‘blossoming’! I’m moving into a season of growth and I want my pieces to reflect that and to encourage others to express their growth as well. This new line will be composed of a mix of necklaces, rings and earrings perfect for the warm summer months. The patterns will be bright, floral, and a tad different from anything I’ve made before. I’m exploring a lot of different artists and cultures to come up with a rich collection of pieces.
I am also working on a line of hair accessories featuring some amazing prints and patterns, so it is definitely an exciting time!
What is your brand vision and where do you see your company going in the next few years?
Monaie Designs aims to accompany women on their lifestyle journey by providing timeless pieces that express, embrace, and empower. I currently create jewellery and accessories that are both artistic, bold, and sophisticated. In the next few years I hope to have workshops teaching others to create. I also plan to have my pieces sold in boutiques in the UK and back at home in the US. I visualise A. Monaie Designs expanding into home decor and furniture design so I can create expressive pieces to help make every space your own.
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