Based between Melbourne and New York, Maripossa debuted in Australia in 2010. Within its first year the label was invited to showcase its artisan jewellery in Berlin, where founder Lauren Besser received the Young Designer Award for Accessories during F/W 2011/12 Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week for 'Pantomimes'. Following this, Maripossa was selected as a semi-finalist for the British Realise Your Dream Awards 2012, and a finalist for the Melbourne Design Awards 2012. The name Maripossa is a reference to the Spanish word for butterfly. A reminder of metamorphosis and ephemerality.
Drawing on a background in psychology and fashion design, Lauren is guided by experimentation and instinct. The self-taught designer and artist's playful experimentation is evident with each evolving collection wherein designs continue to provoke curiosity and dialogue between wearer and observer. Focusing on notions of contradiction and opposition, coarse metals are transformed into fabric-like jewellery fusing raw earth crystals, sterling silver and fine chains. By interspersing these contrasting mediums each piece has its own distinct sense of aesthetic malleability. Imagination and introspection are embedded into the jewellery and accompanying campaign imagery, a testament to the artist's creative direction and fresh interpretation for each collection. Organic rings and cuffs are formed utilising the process of lost wax casting and woven styles are created by a small team of artisans, prior to oxidizing or dip-dyeing, ensuring the exclusivity of each piece. Each Maripossa piece is designed and made by hand in Australia.
Maripossa have worked closely with Swarovski, supplying their multi-brand global concept stores alongside Jean Paul Gaultier, Oscar De la Renta and Versace, been worn by Rihanna, Georgia May Jagger, Kimbra, Nai Palm, Pari Ehsan and Tasya van Ree among others, and featured in Vogue, Russh, Oyster, Grazia, Fallen, Faint, FashionTrend, Cleo, InStyle, Sunday Life, The Age, The Sydney Herald, Berlin FashionTV, WWD. The label is stocked in select Australian and international boutiques, Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney, the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA) in Tasmania and the Melbourne Museum in Victoria.
Passionate about social impact, Maripossa work with UN Women National Committee Australia donating proceeds from each online sale to three key areas; eliminating violence against women, providing menstrual hygiene kits in the aftermath of conflict and women's economic empowerment.