Marisa Hordern, founder of London based Missoma, left a corporate job to chase creativity and after ten years, more than found her stride. Missoma was just named the number one fastest growing female-led the private company on the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and number four fastest growing private company on the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100. The jewelry is stunning as Marisa aims to make luxe, quality pieces at an affordable price range that has options for every age range. What she landed on was demi-fine jewelry that all sits below $200. We talked to Marisa about the launch of her stunning new collection, the Helical collection, and building her brand.
You have a new collection launching (that’s just launched)! Tell us about it! MARISA HORDERN: We just launched the Helical collection which is a modern interpretation of a classic shape – the helix. Bold and sculptural, the collection makes a strong contemporary statement.
This is one of my favorite Missoma collections to date; there are bold and fearless earrings and I’m really excited for the second drop later in March which includes our Axiom chain necklaces and bracelets (which you may have seen on some wonderful names over fashion month!). There’s quite a big list of people waiting for this to launch as it has so much impact and is so on-trend with that chunky, 90s feel. We designed and made this link chain from scratch, which I’m really proud of and something we’ve never done before. Even the hidden fastening is a work of art. It’s our team’s new obsession; you know it’s going to be a hit when you see all the team wearing it.
Where do you draw most of your inspiration? MH: I am constantly inspired by everything; it could be architecture, sculpture, art or looking back to ancient cultures. Sometimes, it’s the cut of glass, the framework on a window, or the pattern on a piece of material that catches my attention. I also travel a lot and whether it’s for work or pleasure I’m always taking pictures of inspirations details I see to refer to when I’m back with my design team. Working in an office filled with motivated, amazing women (and a few men!) also inspires me. It’s really important to me to be surrounded by a positive and hardworking team, that in itself is inspiring.
What’s the must-have piece of the season? MH: The Helical Ancien hoops nearly sold out the same day they were launched; they’re definitely the statement piece of the collection. We recently worked with influencer Jessie Bush and she has been spotted in them four times at fashion month since, so they’re definitely a staple for the ‘cool girl’. The beauty in this style is that its statement and bold, a truly unique hoop that grabs attention.
Who is the Missoma girl? MH: The Missoma woman is always on the go. She is curious and adventurous, loves to travel and explore. She expresses herself through her style and is confident in who she.
Who is your style crush? MH: Sienna Miller always looks fantastic whether she’s attending an event or running around town. Her ‘off duty’ looks are my favorite. It’s all about the little details in a look; whether this is a pair of amazing sunglasses, hat or a layered jewelry look to set it off. My favorite piece that stays on me at all times is the Missoma Gold Leaf Choker. It’s there when I don’t have time to put a full layered look on and I find it makes any outfit look more playful.