As a prop stylist, I've shopped at a lot of boutiques, and I have to say that MINT in Mill Valley, CA is hands-down, one of my all-time favorites. Carefully curated and focused on design-centric products, I was delighted when owner, Cecile Wong, asked if she could carry some of my crochet jewelry.
About a year ago, I decided to expand my crochet skills and experiment with bead crochet. I fell immediately in love with the technique, and began experimenting with all types of materials. When I found this gorgeous silk yarn in beautiful colors and handmade silver and brass beads from Ethiopia, my designs began to take shape.
I recall one rainy summer at the beach when I was about 8 years old. My grandmother gave me a ball of blue yarn and I decided to make braided yarn bracelets. Maybe it was the influence of accompanying my Dad to work when he manufactured costume jewelry, but I was sure I was going into the yarn bracelet business that summer, and I think I made about 100! I like to think my designs have come a long way since the acrylic yarn bracelet, but I credit that blue ball of yarn for getting me started - thanks Grandma!
Please visit MINT if you're ever in Mill Valley - it is quite a treat. Cecile has a wonderful eye for exquisitely crafted unique apparel, toys, jewelry and gift items that you won't see everywhere.
I will also be making the crochet jewelry designs available online soon. For now, please feel free to contact me regarding custom orders, and sign up if you would like to receive notification once the shop opens.