June 13, 2012 in Fashion
Molly is one incredibly savvy (and busy) girl. Her day job is one to make the fashionistas green with envy – Assistant Buyer for Bridal and International Designer at David Jones. Molly’s evenings and weekends are spent designing and creating beautiful bracelets for arm parties everywhere. We had a chat with the divine Miss M to find out more…
What inspired you to start MollyFB?
I never set out to start a brand, it just sort of eventuated. I have always been into making things myself, and enjoy the little crafty things in life. I liked pretty bracelets and piling them up but could never seem to find beautiful designs of good quality. That said, even if I found something that I liked it was either severely overpriced or didn’t fit my tiny, tiny wrist. So after a bit of a searcheroo on the internet one day, I came across a few amazing blogs showcasing the nut bracelet with DIY instructions. I tried to find the materials, and had a little stab at it but it was very very difficult. After a lot of trial and error, I finally came up with the supplies that worked and a design that I was happy with, posted photos on Instagram and voila!
It was always meant just for me to wear, but other people liked them too. I was a bit hesitant as I did get the idea off a few blogs, but after so much research and visiting many many different types of stores, I thought it wasn’t as easy as it looks. I thought people would like it if I made them and sold them to their specific wrist measurement! I then built on my colour offering, and branched out into what I call the “Bracelet Stack” (a pile of individually designed bracelets that you can wear together or by themselves)!
What is your favourite design?
Definitely the Double Linix. It is an extension to the original Linix Bracelet, but the beading (or the nuts) go all the way around the length of the bracelet. It gives it an edgy bangle look!
Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?
I look closely at what people are wearing. I am so in-tune with looking at people’s wrists – on the train, at work, at breakfast on the weekends. I am always looking at what people are wearing. I also enjoy looking at blogs and Tumblr, as they’re an easy way to share photographs and what people admire in jewellery.
What colours are hot for Winter?
Well from a fashion stand-point this is difficult, because of work I am always one season ahead. At the moment, the northern hemisphere is in Spring/Summer, so the trends at the moment are pastels, neons and prints. That said, I do love the pastel and neon colour palette for Winter. It adds a splash of a colour to an otherwise neutral or wintery outfit. Mollyfb.com has a beautiful deep navy and a divine deep wine. Both quite wintery colours. But really there are no rules when it comes to jewellery. It can be as simple or as wild and colourful as you like!
What is your advice for building the perfect arm party?
Sonia asked me this question for She’s Sonic a few months ago, and I had rules. But I have since learned that really, there are no rules. We all have a keen sense of what we like, and what we feel looks right. Mix metals, colours and clash to your hearts content! Life is too short to live by rules. So really, wear pretty things that make you smile. Every time you pop one of my designs on, you can smile at the fact I hand crafted it, with love, especially for you.
We are giving a lucky Shop Me Chic reader the chance to win 2 MollyFB pieces of their choice.
All you have to do is a leave a comment below saying that you would like the chance to win.
The giveaway closes on Sunday 24 June 2012 at 11.59am EST. Winners will be drawn at random.
Giveaway Closed: Congratulations to our winner, Rita Dorman! Thank you to all of our readers for entering and for reading Shop Me Chic!
Melinda & Sonia. xx