I met Meg through Instagram, of all places. After reading her interview with Hatch, I started following her on IG and admired not only her effortlessly chic style, but also gravitated to her incredible honesty surrounding motherhood and work. When I was struggling with breastfeeding, I randomly sent her a DM about her own experiences that she’d spoken to so freely and a digital friendship emerged. Fast forward through the last two years and we’ve gone to workshops and panels, and sat for hours talking about business and life, bouncing ideas and encouraging each other in our respective paths. I’m constantly amazed at how much she takes on as a consultant and founder of Dorsey, her line of vintage revival jewelry, always with such grace and humility. Read on for more on the Parisian work trip that sparked her brand, the ups and downs of being a working parent during COVID, and so much more…
Tell us who you are and what you do?
Professional human being. Founder @DorseyOfficial
What inspired you to start Dorsey? Tell us how you got started.
I think part of what inspired me to start Dorsey, quite a big reason, was that I spent my entire career building other people’s brands. I would tell them what to do. How to do it. And a great deal of my emotional energy was used to be a force behind companies that I would never really own a piece of…at a point I needed to build a brand that I could put blood, sweat, and tears (many many tears in 2020, tbh), and know that it was all going to add up to something long term that meant something to me. When I had the idea for the brand I was on a campaign shoot in Paris for Anine Bing. At the time I was the CMO there. I was in France to shoot a new influencer named Sabina Socol. One afternoon, during the packed trip, I had a few hours to roam around a flea market in Paris. My grandmother, Dorsey, has been a vintage jewelry collector for her entire life. So whilst at this flea market, I was looking for pieces for her, to give her as a gift. She taught me everything I know about jewelry. I grew up wearing pieces of her own collection that she gave to me. She taught me that in the 1920’s the same jewelers who designed fine jewelry also designed costume jewelry. The craftsmanship of jewelry was truly incredible 100 years ago. But outside of the pieces my grandmother has given me, I’ve never found affordable jewelry with the same look and feel. So standing in front of a table of vintage Parisian costume jewelry, looking for a piece to give to Dorsey, I thought someone should start a jewelry brand with the look and feel of archive inspired jewelry. Then I decided that person should be me. I think I made my first pieces about 6 months later.
Who are you thinking of when you design your pieces?
Women who see jewelry as the starting point. Not the add on.
What has been the hardest part of creating your own brand?
Honestly, it’s all hard. But worth it.
What has been most rewarding about creating your own business?
There is really no feeling like someone, a perfect stranger, telling you that they love what you are creating. I read somewhere that it takes a lot of courage to put something out into the world. And I really felt that the past two years. I don’t have a big team and I do most of the brand work myself…so it feels so good to know that someone loves it.
How do you manage being a mom and entrepreneur during COVID?
Well, it’s been a shit show, to say the least. We have a part time nanny from 8-2 pm every day during the week. So I work from 8-2 with my head down, then while my daughter naps. Plus I work at night and on weekends. I keep some odd hours but it’s just been necessary this year. In some ways, I’ve really gotten used to it.
What’s something that becoming a parent has taught you about yourself?
I really hate playing with toys. That sounds terrible but I just much prefer an adventure out of the house. I can make it about 5 minutes playing with blocks. I’ve always been a mom who likes to pack a bag and get out of the house for a scooter moment at the park or the beach. Before Covid I took Viv everywhere with me.
What are three products you can’t live without?
Symbiome skincare. Feals CBD. And my Iphone.
If failure wasn’t a possibility, what would you aim to accomplish this year?
I have learned that failure isn’t possible if you keep moving forward every day. But work aside, I’d just love to feel like the world moved a little bit forward this year. Honestly, I’d just love to see my family.
Describe your perfect Sunday in a non-COVID world?
I can’t even remember that! I just want to drink champagne with friends in a garden.
- Coffee or tea? How do you take it? Tea with almond milk. Coffee gives me the shakes.
- What time do you wake up in the AM? 6:15
- Favorite date night spot in LA? Lately, my backyard.
- Favorite kid-friendly hangout/activity in LA? The beach.
- If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be? Paris. How terribly cliche. But true.