Before there was a store there was my living room floor and a dream. I spent 5 years hustling, selling at every street fair, farmers market, festival and even my cousin’s baby shower. The funny thing is, I didn’t ever think I was selling jewelry. To me, people were buying MaeMae because they connected to the energy and story of each piece, the jewelry was just the bonus.
Ever have that AHA moment where something clicks? This was my click. I realized that my reverse alchemy was turing gold into feelings. Like literally… We create a piece born through a feeling and the gold is merely the representation of that energy.
I love it not only because it’s the coolest indy street ever, but because I grew up here. YES, you heard that right. From elementary school at Glenfeliz to high school at John Marshall. Atwater Village (which I will refer to as ATW from now on, because that’s what OG’s from this ‘hood do, ha!) is home.
Coming from Filipino descent, family and community has been of utmost importance to me and when creating the business model of MaeMae a few key things were important to me…
I want every angel that works at MaeMae to feel safe, to feel loved, to be seen with the knowing that their energy absolutely makes a difference to the world.
Every piece represents a milestone in life - whether you’re teetering on divorce or having the best year of your life - there’s a piece at MaeMae Jewelry that reminds you that you’re perfect exactly where you are.