Michael Saiger went to a shooting range in 2008, and managed to save several shells and a few leftover bullets. He pulled the cap out of one, emptied the gunpowder, cleaned the bullet and drilled a hole in it. He took a brass cuff he acquired from a family trip to Africa two years prior and threaded the bullet on it. Then and there, Miansai was born.
Now, the collection of men’s accessories — which continues to be equally as popular with female consumers — is carried in about 130 stores, spanning 40 states and 17 countries including the U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. It’s currently carried in Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s Co-op, J. Crew and Ron Herman and in the past year alone, new retail partners include Neiman Marcus, Mr Porter, Park and Bond, Collette, Liberty, Selfridges and Neiman Marcus.
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?"