Based in New York, Maripossa debuted in Australia in 2010. On release of the first collection founder Lauren Besser received the Young Designer Award for Accessories during F/W 2011/12 Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week in Germany. Following this Lauren 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 an ode to the Spanish word for butterfly, a reminder of metamorphosis and ephemerality.
Drawing on a background in psychology, Lauren is guided by experimentation and instinct. The self-taught jeweler's playful experimentation is evident with each collection wherein pieces continue to provoke curiosity and dialogue between wearer and observer. Focusing on notions of contradiction and opposition, coarse metals are transformed into fabric-like jewelry fusing raw earth crystals, sterling silver and fine chain. By interspersing these contrasting mediums each piece has its own distinct sense of aesthetic malleability. Imagination and introspection are embedded into the works and accompanying campaign imagery, a testament to the artist's creative direction. Organic rings and cuffs are formed utilising the process of lost wax casting and woven styles are intricately created prior to being oxidized or dip-dyed, ensuring the exclusivity of each piece, all of which are made by hand in New York.
Maripossa have worked 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 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 advocacy, 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.