MLE was founded by Emily Antonian Li Mandri (MLE) in 2018 on the principles of high-quality materials, unique details, and memorable experiences.
After spending over 10 years in fashion and digital marketing with a focus on innovative design and emerging brand growth, Li Mandri decided it was time to launch her eponymous label, an accessories line based in New York. She now incorporates the first-hand experience she gained in both industries to MLE, with a focus on sustainability and quality.
Li Mandri is a third-generation designer in an Italian and Armenian family of tailors, seamstresses, and fine jewelers. Growing up, Li Mandri learned her craft by closely watching her relatives work in their studios. Her first collaboration was designing her high school prom dress with her maternal grandmother.
The MLE brand integrates the artistry of old-world techniques with modern designs and contemporary subject matters. Recurring themes within the MLE brand reference female empowerment (such as The Gentlewoman’s Agreement Collection and the Oeuf Egg Earring) and sustainability, with signature pops of color and bold details to create statement pieces.
Each MLE piece is made-to-order in New York by a team of skilled and experienced craftsmen, including Li Mandri herself. All pieces are made to order in an effort to produce as sustainably as possible. Fabric and leather used by MLE are deadstock material in an effort to avoid excessive production and leverage materials readily available in New York’s garment district and beyond.
MLE’s proclivity for design spans beyond the physical realm into the digital, with extensive experience building and producing contemporary websites and digital applications for the world’s leading retail and fashion brands.
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