Why the Mimi So Bow ring collection is a must have!
September 14, 2017
The Bow ring is a true representation of Mimi's highest level of hand craftsmanship. Due to its complex design, nine experts, including the designer, model maker, setter, jeweler, cad designer, sketch artist, stone selector, polisher and quality controller, worked tirelessly for twelve months to perfect its concept and development. The result is a beautiful collection of bow earrings, bow necklaces and the signature Mimi So Bow rings.
Diamond Bow rings: Each gemstone is meticulously hand selected and measured with a leverage gauge to fit the diameter of the seat in the azure setting. The Bow design requires a highly experienced polisher of fine metal and platinum. Someone who is fluid in the art of delicate articulation on the buffing wheel. It's essential that the polisher has the skill of a surgeon to know the precise amount of pressure to apply to the wheel. An inexperienced hand might cause damage, remove too much metal or even require the ring to be remade. After all the work is complete, our quality assurance expert examines every ring. At this stage, each aspect of the design and assembly process is under rigid scrutiny: the assembly of the metal work, the settings, stone selection and polishing. If the piece passes the Mimi So standard of excellence, it is ready for our clients. Depending on the size of the Bow ring and the amount of diamonds or gemstones required, one ring can take between 4-6 weeks to produce.
Interview with Mimi So.
How did you come up with the diamond bow ring design?
Traditionally, my designs are inspired by personal experiences. The idea for the Bow collection emerged during a milestone occasion in my career. I wanted to create a jewel inspired by this idea of noting an important moment. A lightbulb went off when I recalled the act of knotting a string around your finger to remember something meaningful. Growing up as a tomboy with an older brother, I was that girl who wore a pink tutu with Keds. On the surface, I projected the face of a superhero while inside I was truly a girlie girl. I have always challenged myself to be the best at everything I do, so I held onto this philosophy with the mission to create the most badass, modern bow! Happy and voluminous with an edge. It had to be iconic, or else why wear one? I also designed the bow rings to be stackable so you can style them as an expression of who you are by mixing and matching the sizes and colors.
Why is the Mimi So Diamond Bow Ring so unique?
The Mimi So Bow ring is unique because it brings a smile to every woman who sees or wears it. My greatest reward and validation is when I convert a non-bow wearer into an official Bow ring owner. The Bow ring really has an attitude of its own. Its an unexpected take on a feminine classic. It’s artistic and fashionable and incredibly complicated to make. The bow is assembled from multiple parts in order to achieve its curvature and requires highly skilled artisan jewelers and setters to complete each piece. Read my blog about the assembly of the bow jewelry.
You have designed diamond bow rings, diamond bow necklaces and diamond bow earrings. What’s next?
I’m designing a Bow engagement ring. This would be the ultimate romantic and feminine over the top dream engagement ring! It's like the frosting on a cake. A bride’s dreamiest engagement ring. I can’t wait to unveil it.
Your diamond bows are often seen on the red carpet. Who is your favorite "Diamond Bow carrier" and how does it make you feel to see your products on the red carpet?
I really don't have a favorite celebrity for my Bow rings. I think the Bow ring suits ladies from Kristen Stewart to Jennifer Lopez and everyone in between. Everyone wears it differently and reinvents it with their personal style - I love watching what each celebrity brings to the design. Each time we see our Bow collection on the red carpet I get excited because it’s so fun to watch them out in the world being worn from one award show to the next!
New York Fashion Week
September 13, 2015
Fashion week whizzed by as it tends to do, but I managed to have a blast (as usual)!
After some time to mull it over, I have to say some of my favorite collections were Brandon Maxwell with his modern, sexy retro silhouette that truly celebrates the shape of a woman; Marchesa which was ethereal, magical and reminiscent of childhood days wearing Disney Cinderella gowns when you were 10! As a Mom of a young girl teenager, Tommy Hilfiger had lots to love this year with his design collaboration with GiGi Hadid. It had a young hip mood that's both fashionable and affordable : )
I’m loving this season’s emerging trends. From ultra feminine florals and ruffles which are in absolute sync with my bow and wonderland collections to the urban cool athleisure looks which speak to my signature minimal piece collection. I’m in heaven.
I would have to say the most memorable event for me was Tommy Hilfiger’s show with Gigi Hadid. The outdoor festival was a community of on lookers mixed with celebrities from Taylor Swift, William I Am to the Karshadians ...80's music buzzing in the air it felt like the last summer carnival block party at the South street seaport!
It was a long fun week of running around, so I made sure to keep my survival essentials with me at all times: a manuel mist hand blower fan for the heat and humidity, my Tom Ford Sunglasses, a can of coke zero and a power bar! I’m a huge chocolate lover, so after visiting my friend Selima Salaun’s optique shop, I discovered that Mirabelle has an amazing chocolate enclave oasis in the back of their sweet shop!
September 5, 2015
The older we get in life, the fewer opportunities we have for spontaneity. So the minute one presented itself, I decided to escape with my daughter Coco Mei on a mother daughter adventure to Paris. I wanted this to be a special trip before summer ended and school began for my daughter. I have always worked and traveled so frequently that seldom do we have time to be together to just hang out and bond.
For me, this was a chance to get to know my teenage daughter and share with her some of my greatest passions in the city of light! Our first stop off the plane was the restaurant Le Souffle. You can guess what we ate:) It’s heavenly and truly the best place if you have an obsession with Souffles like we do!
We visited the LVMH foundation designed by Frank Gehry and Coco Mei said it was like going to Brooklyn, a different part of town! We loved the architecture and the installations inside. On the weekend, we visited the Marais and St. Germain and let our feet do all the walking through the winding labyrinth of streets. Coco Mei has never been to the Louvre, so I took her to see the Mona Lisa and snapped their picture because they share a mysterious smile.
Another great visit is the Centre Pompidou to see the amazing Contemporary Art and sculptures! I had to bring Coco Mei to some of my favorite spots and now that she is older she enjoyed the museum tremendously! Works by Yves Klein, Francois Morellet, Cheres Amies and classics Alberto Giacometti and Henri Laurens. One of her favorites was a red spinning top installation. She tried hard to convince me to get one since our floors at home are wood, so it would definitely spin faster. Nice try Coco Mei : )
While in Paris, we felt like we needed to shed our NY casual look and dress chic to blend in with the Parisians. I even broke out a TK printed dress (a big change for someone who’s a pant girl) feminine chic was the dress code. It felt more like fashion week because each day we had fun with various wardrobe changes.
In the end, our take away from the trip was that we love each other very much.
Check out our must-dos on your next trip to Paris:
-Visit the LVMH Foundation.
-Take a ride on the Ferris Wheel at Place de la Concorde for great views of Paris.
-Stroll along Rue Saint Honore, visit all the beautiful fashion stores like Colette.
-Stop over at Place Vendome and peek into the windows of the great jewelry Maisons.
-My recommendation is to have three pieces of chocolate a day plus one macaroon from Pierre Hermes to complete your evening.
September, 25 2015
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