Born in Ethiopia, raised in the Cote d'Ivoire and educated in the UK, Mimi is a ready to wear designer based in Brooklyn. Her origins and exposure to textile and craftmanship in Africa ignited a passion for textile innovation and fashion design. A modern sensibility coupled with natural form and organic inspirations are the core of her creations. Fabrics are often the starting and inspirational point for Mimi.
Over a successful 25 year career in New York, Mimi has led and been an integral part of successful jersey knits and knitwear teams at Vivienne Tam, Armani Exchange, BCBG Max Azria, Rebecca Taylor and others. Mimi has also consulted and designed for a range of brands including Margaret O’Leary and private label brands.
Recognizing a need for knowledgeable designers experienced in both modern knitwear and woven categories, Mimi launched Atelier Artisane.
Atelier Artisane is a design consultancy business that provides concept, design and technical support for emerging and established fashion brands.
Mimi has the expertise to conceptualize and design into any brand's DNA and deliver quality modern collections, while managing technical challenges, making her one of the most sought after creative partners in the business.
With an affinity and passion for textile and fashion, and a sharp eye for detail, Mimi successfully partners to build collections that embody an exquisite combination of luxury, modernity, femininity and style.
“I am attracted to the singular combination of luxury and fragility and I design with the aim to convey a sense of timelessness. My goal is for the wearer to develop over time a sort of intimacy with the clothes."