Maripossa debuted in Australia in 2010. Within its first year the label was invited to showcase its artisan jewellery in Berlin, where founder Lauren Besser received the Young Designer Award for Accessories during F/W 2011/12 Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week for 'Pantomimes'. Following this, Maripossa was selected as a semi-finalist for the British Realise Your Dream Awards 2012, and a finalist for the Melbourne Design Awards 2012. The name Maripossa is a reference to the Spanish word for butterfly. A reminder of transformation and immortality.
Drawing on a background in psychology and fashion design, Lauren is guided by experimentation and instinct. The self-taught designer and artist's playful experimentation is evident with each evolving collection wherein designs continue to provoke curiosity and dialogue between wearer and observer. Focusing on notions of contradiction and opposition, coarse metals are transformed into fabric-like jewellery fusing raw earth crystals, sterling silver and fine chains. By interspersing these contrasting mediums each piece has its own distinct sense of aesthetic malleability. Imagination and introspection are embedded into the works, with organic rings and cuffs formed utilising the process of lost wax casting. Woven styles are created by a small team of artisans and are hand oxidized or dip-dyed ensuring the exclusivity of each piece. Each Maripossa piece is designed and made by hand in Australia.
Followed by high profile fashion figures, artists and musicians, Maripossa jewellery has been worn by Rihanna, Georgia May Jagger, Kimbra, Anja Rubik, Audrey Kitching, among others and has featured in Vogue, Russh, Oyster, Grazia, Fallen, Faint, FashionTrend, Cleo, InStyle, Sunday Life, The Age, The Sydney Herald, Berlin FashionTV, WWD. The label is stocked in exclusive Australian and international boutiques, Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney, and Museum of Old & New Art (MONA) in Tasmania.
Passionate about female empowerment and gender equality, we are honoured to work with UN Women National Committee Australia, donating proceeds from each sale to three key areas; eliminating violence against women, providing menstrual hygiene kits in the aftermath of conflict and women's economic empowerment.