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Mira

Leathersmith/Graphic Designer at CMA. Bushwick. 

 

Mira was born and raised in Fairfield, Iowa. After receiving her BFA in Visual Communication Design from SAIC in 2013, she moved to New York and now currently lives in Brooklyn. Mira is the graphic designer at CMA and also runs Sanguis Ornatus, her leather body wear line. This fall she will be launching Cixous72 with her business partner Elizabeth Scott, an online boutique and collective that showcases artists and designers.

 

Overalls, Dickies ; Necklace & Bag, Vintage ; Shoes, Hanna Andersson

Top & Pants, Vintage ; Necklace, Sanguis Ornatus (For Sale)

Top & Pants, Vintage ; Necklace, Sanguis Ornatus (For Sale)

I tend to dress in mostly white, neutrals, and black. I’ve tried to lighten it up a bit and add more color recently. Mixing textures is always fun, or slight variations in tone and color within some layers. Fall is definitely my favorite season to dress for, I usually mess around with different lengths of pieces or unexpected combinations.
Necklace, Sanguis Ornatus (For Sale)

Necklace, Sanguis Ornatus (For Sale)

I usually wake up around 8:00 AM for work, stretch, and do a set of sun salutes if I have time. I’ll boil some water while I jump in the shower and then drink a cup of hot water with lemon juice to jump start my digestion for the day. I usually meditate during my commute to work and then make a teapot of pour-over coffee to drink while I check my emails.

Top, American Apparel ; Jeans, Levi's ; Shoes, Vintage

Outfit, Vintage

Outfit, Vintage

I almost exclusively wear silver jewelry and I like strong, simple pieces that have a little bit of an edge. For inspiration I usually look to early 90s editorials and street style, or one of my favorite Instagrams @she_comes_in_technicolor.

Mira's favorite beauty products

For makeup I usually just use an eyeshadow primer, my favorite terracotta-colored eyeshadow, and some mascara. If I’m feeling funky I’ll wear some lime green eyeliner. The one thing I actually splurge on are fragrances, I like to mix them up as well.

Outfit, Vintage ; Necklace Sanguis Ornatus (For Sale)


Mira's skincare routine

I hardly wear makeup so I tend to spend a little more on skin, body, & hair products. 90% of what I use is from Kiehl’s - I like the simplicity of their products and they actually work, which is always a plus!

Mira's studio

I really loved Zana Bayne’s harnesses I started seeing around 5 or 6 years ago and asked my dad, who had all of his leather and tools from the 70s when he worked with it, to help me make a harness. He was a little weirded out at first, but went along with it because he was really excited to pass on the craft. From there, I would modify the designs of pieces I would see around the internet or in magazines. Eventually I had ideas of things I wanted but wasn’t seeing anywhere so I decided to start designing my own.

Necklaces, Elizabeth Scott, Sanguis Ornatus

 

Top, CVS ; Pants, Margiela ; Necklace, Elizabeth Scott

 
This winter I figured out everything I would need for my own studio in New York and launched Sanguis Ornatus. I make custom pieces for people, and am about to release my first two lines: a basic one with some classic designs and a new line inspired by ancient Rome.

Mira's favorite books

Almost all of my clothes are vintage or from the thrift store or inherited from my mother. The only pieces I buy new at this point are some basics from Uniqlo or shoes to replace my go-to pairs: Adidas Spezials and Doc Martins chelsea boots. I love to hit up the Salvation Army when I visit other places or smaller, weird towns. I’ll invest in some vintage Margiela pieces from time-to-time, usually from Tokio 7.
I love Tom Robbins, although sometimes I feel like it’s sort of a guilty pleasure. They’re basically like the adult versions of all the books I liked to read as a teen. But they make me feel something when I read them and they make me think about more than what is written there, which is the most important thing for me in a book. And they’re sexy.

Top, American Apparel ; Jeans, Levi's ; Shoes, Vintage

Cixous72 is a new project I’m launching with my business partner who also happens to be one of my best friends, Elizabeth Scott. It’s an online boutique and collective that will function as a platform for artists to market and exhibit their work. Our focus is mainly accessories, jewelry and garments and we’ll also have limited-run artist editions of posters and books. Elizabeth and I will eventually be branching into a line of scents. We’ll host shows and events and I’ll be selling my leather there exclusively. We are both really excited to be able to provide a place to support our friends and fellow artists.
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Mira's Stuff For Sale

 

Mira's Wishlist


Mira Recommends

Regalo De Juquila for my favorite (and in my opinion the only good) late night Mexican food in New York City. Mr. Kiwi under Myrtle Broadway for fresh juice and Club Matte.

King Tai in Bed Stuy has a good vibe and friends will sometimes DJ there which is always fun. 

10 Ft Single has a great selection of vintage pieces and you can always find what you're looking for.

 

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