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Inside the headquarters of Mignon Faget

Employee Spotlight

One of our wonderful Sales Professionals, Margaret, took us to one of her favorite local watering holes, The Pontchartrain. She’s currently wearing the latest from our Hive Collection.

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Technical Operations Manager, Sami DeVille, takes us bar hopping along Magazine Street. While sipping on local beers from Wayward Owl Brewery and Urban South Brewery we stopped in local favorites Ms. Mae’s and Igor’s Buddha Belly.

Wearing: Chain Link Narrow Cuff, Sheared Fleur de Lis Petit RingDouble Link Tassel Necklace, Sheared Fleur de Lis Petit Dangles, Pylon Earstuds Small

 

NOLA FLUX, MAY 2017

Amina Dearmon, our VP of Sales & Marketing, and Leslie Gambino, Distribution Manager, take us on a tour of the enchanting art exhibit Nola FLUX. Located just minutes from Mignon Faget headquarters lies a colorful world of natural elements juxtaposed with the bright and playful. Artist Olesya greeted us with open arms and we were delighted to see all the photo-ops throughout the gallery, including a tub ball pit and a romantic swing framed with ivy and flowers. Definitely put this on your list of local shows to visit, and if you are with a group Olesya also offers painting classes that include champagne. We can cheers to that!

Wearing Pieces from the HIVE Collection and the New! Rose Gold Red Bean pendant and dangles.

 

Local Flavor – Parkway Bakery and Tavern

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On Model: Fleur de Lis Intaglio Earlocks, Gumbo Necklace, Oyster with Pearl Cocktail Ring, Fleur de Lis Intaglio Heart Charm Bracelet, Zamia Cuff.

In our Fall issue of MIGNON, we published an article by Grace Wilson Birch that focused on the history and charms of Bayou St. John. This New Orleans neighborhood, defined by its peaceful waterway that flows past City Park and the Cemeteries, has seen a century of progress and peril, and the Parkway Bakery and Tavern has been through it all. Established in 1911, the Parkway served poor boys that fed hungry streetcar conductors and American Can Company workers for decades. Today, the eatery is a key ingredient in the revitalization of this historic area.

Beloved by locals and savvy tourists alike, the Parkway Bakery and Tavern provides a casual place for the community to gather over well-dressed poor boys and gravy fries. Their classic storefront opens into a welcoming space, paved with bricks from their original bakery ovens. We chose to photograph our model in this inviting (and delicious) location to illustrate our admiration for this true, New Orleans original. Now, get on over to the corner of Hagan and Toulouse, grab a bite of history, and tell them Mignon sent you!

The Mignon Faget Design for Seafood Gumbo

In 1984, New Orleans hosted the Louisiana World Exposition with the theme “The World of Rivers: Fresh Water as a Source of Life.” This theme spoke to Mignon Faget, who had already created many jewelry designs that featured Oysters, Crabs, Shrimp and other bounties of our magnificent Mississippi River and Delta. The exposition became a catalyst for further artistic exploration.

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Mignon wanted to honor the event and highlight New Orleans culture before the eyes of the world. She endeavored to return commemorative designs to the stature they held at the turn of the century when they were elegant collectibles and to present works that were carefully conceived and designed. It was at this time that Faget designed her iconic Gumbo Necklace and popular Gulf Stream Glassware. These items continue to have a long life after the World’s Fair. She also designed a Key to the Fair, inspired by the ornate gate at the entrance of the Exposition site, designed by Charles Moore and William Turnball.

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Louisiana’s Commissioner General, John Giffen Weinmann, commissioned Mignon to design a special plate for dignitaries visiting the Exposition.

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This design became a commemorative plate and later was adapted for a set of Gumbo China which sold in Mignon Faget’s galleries. Gum001Each set came with a recipe card for the Mignon Faget Design for Seafood Gumbo.

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Read more about Mignon’s Gumbo as well as a very New Orleans culinary encounter in this excellent story by Judy Walker from the Times-Picayune. The recipe is transcribed and updated for clarity. Bon Appetit!

Still hungry for more? Feast your eyes on the dreamy redesign of Mignon Faget’s iconic Gumbo Necklace, featuring faceted moonstone and aquamarine.

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Visit a Gullah Festival with Mignon

On a May afternoon in the lowlands of South Carolina, a Gullah Festival is in full swing. Okra gumbo, conch stew, and candied yams fill the air with the enticing smells of the sea and garden. A display of wooden masks and baskets woven from sweetgrass greets the eye. The sound of a drum floats through the crowd and mingles with the musical voice of a Gullah storyteller. The annual festival celebrates the culture and heritage of the Gullah (Geechee) people, communities comprised of African-Americans living in the Sea Islands and Coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia, also known as the Low Country.Gullah Geechee NPS

Mignon Faget has a family home in South Carolina and loves to attend the regional Gullah Festivals when she visits. Besides being a feast for the senses, these annual gatherings sustain the Gullah culture by providing a place to share traditions and a marketplace to help support the community and their artistic and culinary offerings. Last spring, Mignon discovered a display of blue glass beads, strung with sweetgrass and sent the lot of them to her production studio in New Orleans. Each bead has a unique shape and a unique history as former medicine bottles, canning jars, or water jugs.  The beads are formed in clay molds, the resulting surface texture is reminiscent of sea glass that has been tumbled by ocean waves. A beautiful complement to Mignon’s classic SEA collection.

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Visit one of Mignon Faget’s five galleries to see the Sterling Silver Moonsnail and Disc Shell returned to the frosty, aquatic hues of the sea when paired with these substantial beads. A perfect adornment for a day at a seaside festival or for those days when you wish you were there. 

DISC MESH NECKLACE from the SEA Collection

MOONSNAIL GLASS NECKLACE from the SEA Collection

 

In the windows: Sno Balls Make You Happy

IMG_0012 Two things are certain about summer in our beloved New Orleans, it is going to be very hot, and sno balls are going to get us through it. When the time came for us to conceptualize our summer windows we knew we wanted to celebrate this long standing NOLA tradition. Also, SNO BALLS MAKE YOU HAPPY!

I was very inspired by the symmetry of Mignons sno ball designs and knew I wanted to create a giant version of her concept. Click through to see how it all went down. Read more »

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