A jump from corporate law to fine-jewelry design might not seem like the most obvious career move. But when Carole Midy explains her trajectory, it makes perfect sense. As a lawyer, Midy’s work with auctioneers had led her to fall in love with old-fashioned craftsmanship, like French cabinetmaking and Italian pietra dura inlaid stonework. This passion made her decide to abandon the law, initially studying fine art in the evenings and then training for four years to earn the French appellation of master jeweler.
In 2007, the Paris-based Midy created her own company and, in 2008, hired a former Boucheron craftsman to head her workshop. She now leads a team of four and aims at doubling sales each year for the foreseeable future. “In the beginning, one necklace allowed us to make another, and then three, and then five,” she says. Midy’s handcrafted collection of unique, signed pieces went on sale at the Paris department store Le Bon Marché in October, and the line will be launched in two boutiques stateside before the end of the month.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"