Made by Malyia is a jewelry and lifestyle brand founded in 2014 by Malyia McNaughton. Growing up the youngest of five kids in New York City, Malyia was fashion obsessed at a young age and often reinvented her style. After graduating from The Florida State University, she seized opportunities to work with NYC's leading fashion brands.
Wondering how Made By Malyia got started? It all began with a search for the perfect body chain for an upcoming music festival. After the search turned up empty, Malyia relied on her creativity to design her own. Due to the overwhelming requests from friends and strangers interested in their very own body chain, she took to Etsy and listed the design. Upon realizing she had discovered her true passion she quit her 9-to-5 as a fashion buyer to pursue her dreams full time.
Made by Malyia offers collections handmade in NYC and designed with you in mind. Catering to Jewels (our loving nickname for our customers), means recognizing and understanding that every Jewel is as unique as each design. The MBM Jewel seeks unique, understated jewelry that makes a statement, and style without the commitment. MBM strives to deliver quality product, an exceptional customer service experience and authentic engagement with Jewels all over the United States, Australia, Paris, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Japan and beyond.
Malyia often draws inspiration from the architecture and pulse of her hometown, New York City. African culture, indigenous tribal adornment, and nature have also inspired her collections. Since the brand’s debut, MBM had landed partnerships and features with the world's largest brands:
Partnered with Etsy and Lionsgate Entertainment’s Divergent Series offering exclusive jewelry for the DVD release.
Blavity featured The MADE campaign, which highlights the journey of entrepreneurship.
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Jazmine Sullivan has worn the collection.
Founder Malyia , while wearing MBM, was featured in Vogue’s “Best Street Style at AfroPunk Festival”.
Essence Magazine's “Street Style Block Party” in 2015 in Downtown Brooklyn.
BuzzFeed #BuyBlack Pop-Up Black History Month 2018.
Apollo Theater WOW (Women of the World) NYC Festival Pop-Up Shop.
Press features include Huffington Post, Man Repeller, InStyle,Teen Vogue, and Fashion Bomb Daily.
HBO’s Insecure season 3 episode 6.
We are excited to introduce freelance jewelry designer joining our creative team, welcome Kauthar Jooma!
Zimbabwean born Kauthar is a Jewelry Designer and Gemologist. With a fascination of coloured stones, she focuses on designing one-of-a-kind fine jewelry pieces. Kauthar’s aesthetic draws inspiration from her love of travel (her favorite country to visit thus far is India), minimalism and classic jewelry, creating pieces that speak for themselves.
After high school, Kauthar took the opportunity to travel and organically fell into the field of gemology. After gaining a Gemologist diploma, with knowledge and inspiration from diamonds and coloured stones, she went on to study Jewelry Design. Kauthar is additionally pursuing her BSc in Digital Innovation and Management.