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Tradition Shines in Modern Designs

In the 1975 book, How to Wrap 5 More Eggs, Hideyuki Oka examines many forms of traditional Japanese packaging. When Mignon Faget was researching a method to securely connect the silver sticks in her Lashed Fences Bracelet while maintaining flexibility, she found inspiration in Michikazu Sakai’s clean, descriptive photography.


These intricate, yet simple, methods utilize materials at hand to create beautiful and functional structures that protect, dispense, or even prepare an item for use. These cunning, humble wrappings were refined over centuries of use and their graceful ingenuity still shines in a world of plastic bags and shrink wrap. Some of these methods of packaging are still in use today.


Read more about traditional Japanese food packaging at Creative Roots.

On a related note, we just love the similar utilitarian simplicity of Furoshiki (Traditional Japanese Wrapping) and this diagram via the Ministry of the Environment from the Government of Japan. During the Edo period, the ornately decorated wrapping cloth (fukusa) was often adorned with the family emblem (Mon) of the person presenting the gift. The cloth would later be returned and reused.


Practice this fun and unforgettable tradition yourself. Give a Mignon Faget Lashed Fences Bracelet wrapped in one of our exceptional Fleur de Lis Linocut Scarves for a present that will impress with its beauty and thoughtfulness.

In The Windows: Mignon Faget believes love is in the air

lakeside valentines overview

 For our 2015 Valentine’s Day displays we decided to choose the theme of love letters.  Love letters are a timeless expression of love.  To the first Valentine you give your secret crush as a child, to the grown up love letters sent when people are far apart and the sweet notes you leave your special someone, letters play an important role in any love story.

lakeside heart paint treatment

A large red heart paint treatment was added to the windows to highlight the new heart collections designed specifically for Valentines Day.  New pieces include the wish ring necklace updated in to a new heart shape, the LUZ heart necklace available in white pearl, pink pearl, pearl chain, and 14k gold.

We also added a bag full of “love letters” to the bottom portion of the window, because there is just that much extra love in the world to go around.

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Inspired Exploration: Visit The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is housed in “one of the most architecturally significant complexes in the South”. Because of this, the building has been and remains an enormous influence for Mignon in many of her pieces, specifically the Romanesque Return collection. The library building, a part of the museum, is the historic Howard Memorial Library, designed by the famous architect Henry Hobson Richardson.


Mignon based Romanesque Return on the Henry Hobson Richardson library’s architectural elements, particularly the voussoirs, medallions and engaged columns from the fireplace, and carved stone figures of the beast of ignorance and the beast of knowledge carved throughout. The Beast of Ignorance Chained bracelet forms an eloquent commentary on the library’s purpose: to educate the public and abate ignorance.  Mignon notes, “I found myself deconstructing Henry Hobson Richardson’s intricate architectural details and miniaturizing them as jewelry”.


For more on the Romanesque Return collection, click here.


Discover How to Do Your Part in Saving the Coast

Mignon Faget believes saving our coast belongs to everyone. Join forces with Mignon and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) to save our coast! The CRCL aims to protect and advocate for coastal Louisiana through educational awareness, environmental policy, and restoration efforts. With the support of our collectors, Mignon Faget is proud to have raised over $100,000 to restore the Gulf Coast.

You can do your part by volunteering for the CRCL or by purchasing one of Mignon Faget’s Gifts that Give, which donate 10% of the purchase of the item to the CRCL.

If you happen to be looking for a wetlands experience, visit Barataria Preserve. The Preserve is one of six sites belonging to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. 23,000 acres of Louisiana scenery stretch across the landscape, including trails, bayous, and waterways. Make sure to bring your binoculars in hopes of spotting one of the 200 species of birds that call the Preserve home. And if you are lucky – you may spot an alligator or two!


The Preserve is the perfect escape from the city, located just outside Marrero, offering beautiful hikes, wildlife sightings, and even canoeing and kayaking. Pack a picnic, put on your hiking shoes, and head out to the Barataria Preserve for a truly unique Louisiana experience. We were lucky enough to visit the Preserve while shooting our new catalog.

For more information about walking trails and canoeing waterways, click here.

Barataria Preserve

Inspired Exploration: Visit the Frenchmen Street Art Market

If you’re looking for a colorful and lively nighttime activity, look no further than the Frenchmen Street Art Market. The weekly market has rotating local artists and vendors selling handmade jewelry, art, home goods, and more is featured in our newest catalog for its pure New Orleans essence. We love walking under the twinkling lights and perusing the booths of local art. The outdoor market is located at 619 Frenchmen Street, tucked between the street’s many music clubs and jazz bars.


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For a great date night or night out with friends, swing by the Frenchmen Art Market to pick up handmade local art and then listen to some great music nearby at the Spotted Cat, Snug Harbor, or another local favorite. Interested? Times and days are included below.

Thursday-Saturday from 7 pm to 1 am and Sunday from 7 pm to 12 am

We wore the new Mignon Faget Tassels for our night out on Frenchmen Street. Tassels