October 24, 2018

Up next in our Interview Series we're catching up with Mia Melin, founder of Born Native. Featuring classic, contemporary designs, Born Native's mission is twofold - to empower women through their wardrobe choices and to eliminate fast fashion through consumer education. Their timeless garments are ethically created from sustainable sources, and are designed with comfort and versatility in mind. 

We chatted with Mia about the importance of sustainable fashion, the personal meaning behind her label's name and what's next for this ever-evolving company (hint: you'll be seeing a lot more of them, west coasters!).

I hope you enjoy learning more about their brand and their story. XO, Crista

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An Interview with Mia Melin, Founder of Born Native

Criscara x Born Native - Contemporary Women’s Wear Label featuring Investment-Worthy Pieces

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Tell us a bit about the Born Native brand. How did you get started? Any special meaning behind the name?

The brand is me - I’m South African (from Cape Town) and I came to America for an adventure, but stayed for love. My life took such an unexpected turn, it made me realize that only I can make the path I want in life. It was then that I decided to stop wasting time doing a job I hated, and start doing what I was most passionate about - this beautiful planet we live on (sustainability comes in) and making women feel powerful through what they wear (fashion). BORN - My brand was born in the USA. NATIVE – I will always be native to South Africa. Born Native is a wonderful combination of these two great cultures, America and South Africa.

"It was then that I decided to start doing what I was most passionate about..."

Criscara x Born Native - Contemporary Women’s Wear Label featuring Investment-Worthy Pieces

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Your pieces are known for being elegant, thoughtful and timeless. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Through the powerful women all around me.

Criscara x Born Native - Contemporary Women’s Wear Label featuring Investment-Worthy Pieces

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Educate us! What can you tell us about sustainable fashion and why is it so important?

Watch the True Cost on Netflix – PLEASE.

Criscara x Born Native - Contemporary Women’s Wear Label featuring Investment-Worthy Pieces

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Tell us about the woman who loves Born Native. What are a few words that describe her style and vibe?

Confident, passionate and determined!

Criscara x Born Native - Contemporary Women’s Wear Label featuring Investment-Worthy Pieces

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What helps you stay inspired and excited?

Setting big, hairy, audacious goals, surrounding myself with love and laughter, staying accountable, and always persevering. 

Criscara x Born Native - Contemporary Women’s Wear Label featuring Investment-Worthy Pieces

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What are some jewelry staples you can't live without?

Chunky gold earrings – they just go so well with everything! My delicate gold necklace with a Virgo emblem attached – I inherited from Mum.

Criscara x Born Native - Contemporary Women’s Wear Label featuring Investment-Worthy Pieces

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What are your 3 favorite pieces of Criscara jewelry?

All the GOLD! Solstice Hoops, Spell Hoops and the Crescent Moon Studs!

Criscara x Born Native - Contemporary Women’s Wear Label featuring Investment-Worthy Pieces

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Do you have a favorite quote or mantra you live by?

“I am exactly where I’m supposed to be to learn what I need to learn, in order to become the person I must be to create the life I want.”

“I am exactly where I’m supposed to be to learn what I need to learn, in order to become the person I must be to create the life I want.”

Criscara x Born Native - Contemporary Women’s Wear Label featuring Investment-Worthy Pieces

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We'd love to know - what's coming up next for Born Native that you're most excited about?

We’ve recently signed with an LA showroom! So expect to see our pieces in more boutiques that side! (We can’t wait to educate and get to know the West Coast Born Native babes!)

Criscara x Born Native - Contemporary Women’s Wear Label featuring Investment-Worthy Pieces

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Where can people find your products?

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Photo Credit: Born Native


 

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