Maggie Smith, Mignonne Gavigan
My name is Mignonne but please call me Maggie. I am the mother to an energetic, cheerful and rowdy three-year-old son named Fields. I am originally from the South and have lived in New York for the past 15 years. I am the sister to 3 brothers and the daughter to loving parents. I am a creator.... always drawing, building, traveling and seeing the world through an artist’s lens. I launched Mignonne Gavigan jewelry in 2014 in hopes that each piece would bring joy and happiness to the wearer. Ultimately what I’ve discovered is that women develop a significant amount of confidence when wearing an MG piece. That is so important to us-that we are building a community of confident and joy-filled women. My approach stems from my love of art, nature, architecture and textiles and bringing those together in jewelry. Mindfully crafted, by skilled artisans in India, our handmade pieces are meant to be worn with ease.
It all began with a spontaneous New York moment that forever changed the course of Mignonne Gavigan’s career. Fresh off her days at Parsons Paris, the young fashion designer was experimenting with a beaded vintage gown, when an embellished piece of fabric fell to the floor. She picked it up and fastened it around her neck. A walk home through Soho; a handful of compliments, and the first Mignonne Gavigan design was born.
Over the next seven years, the (foot) traffic-stopping scarf necklace became the Downtown girl’s best-kept secret. On the cusp of clothing and jewelry, it was everything a woman on the go needed: a perfect jean-and-tee accomplice, an instant outfit reviver, a dopamine boost for the day-to-day.
As her cult-like following grew, Mignonne began seeking a partner for the next step of her venture. Once again, serendipity came into play. Enter Layne Jacobs, a fellow southerner and brand devotee. Hailing from the world of investment banking, Layne was the perfect strategic yin to Mignonne’s creative yang. Since 2014, their unique dynamic has allowed the brand to scale and evolve while remaining true to its couture roots.
Each Mignonne Gavigan collection is an invitation to a new experience. From faraway travels to fleeting moments of beauty, inspiration stems from everywhere. Each piece is handmade in India to achieve the height of artisanship. Fabrics are manipulated to one-of-a-kind textures. Couture construction elements give each creation unique form, bringing it yet another step closer to artwork.
A Mignonne Gavigan accessory is a promise of an adventure. It is a testament to how the modern woman explores the world-unabashedly, confidently, making it her own. It is a morale booster and a catalyst for the unpredictable. Serendipity can happen at any moment. And, when it does, you may want a touch of Mignonne Gavigan by your side.