Talking Shop With Emily Antonian Li Mandri, MLE Founder

The current arsenal includes the likes of brocade clutches made from deadstock fabrics, hair clips of croissants and poodles, silk sleep masks with hearts for eyes, and sterling silver jewelry of eggs (10% of proceeds of the egg pieces, a nod to women’s rights, are donated to Planned Parenthood). Since its launch in 2018 from Li Mandri’s NYC apartment, MLE has been worn by style tastemakers like Emma Chamberlain and Iskra; the Gentlewoman’s Agreement Necklace, which features a handshake clasp, was worn by model Jasmine Sanders on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2020 Swimsuit Issue; and MLE has launched collabs with fashion blogger Amy Rolland of @afashionerd and visual artist Amber Vittoria. In addition to the online offerings, MLE is also stocked at Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Wolf & Badger, and can be found in over 150 stores globally. “We’ve grown so much that we now have a production space and showroom open to the public by appointment in Saugerties, New York, in the Catskills,” Li Mandri says, of where now lives full-time.

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