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Vixen Chat: Accessories Designer Melanie White Talks Melanie Marie, Dating and Her Biggest Pet Peeve

Melanie White chased her love of accessories in 2009, turning her dream into a Philly-based boutique. The 20-something-year-old designer, on a whim, decided to just "do my own thing," she tells Vixen. "I didn’t just always wanna always work for somebody else and make someone else richer and do what they want to do so I just wanted to do my own thing."

Self-made and successful, White is now the creator of Melanie Marie, a sophisticated collection of beaded jewelry, eye-catching necklaces, couture bags, bold earrings, sleek cuffs and a host of other things that become stylish girls' best friends. The adorable part is her tag-team venture with boyfriend Jordan Jackson. While he's selling paraphernalia for Greek fraternities and sororities, Marie blends her female-centric pieces.

VIBE VIXEN: How did you get started in the fashion designing biz?
MELANIE MARIE: I started with bags but made a switch to accessories because it's easier, quicker to make and less expensive [to manufacture]. I can make more of the product and turn it around really quickly.

Your love of accessories, where does that come from?
I’ve always loved accessories; that’s always been my thing. I could wear like a white T-shirt with some jeans, but I’d throw on a crazy necklace and some earrings. So that’s pretty much how it got started and yeah like 2009 I just liked doing my own thing,

What are some of your favorite pieces from the collection?
The “Showstopper” bag. I wear it all the time. I wear the “Channing” necklace, the “Black Leaf” earrings I wear a lot and the “Crystal” ring. Those are the main things I wear a lot.I have a lot of other pieces that I keep in my store in Philly that aren’t on the website yet.

When did you open your store?
Me and my partner opened on January 21. It’s called Greek and Life. It has fraternity and sorority items. He wanted to do that and the other half is regular designer stuff like which is my idea. So we just blended the two together.

Aw, a little romantic story there!
[Laughs] Yeah...

Did you guys start dating then create the separate companies?
Yeah, we were dating before. He told me one of his ideas and I had mine, so we just started going from there.

Nice. Now what would you say are some of the hardships of like being in business with your significant other?
Seeing him all the time [laughs]. I see him at the store then at home, but we do switch off so we’re not always there at the same times. 
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VV: Is everything handmade?
MM: Most of it is handmade from me, but if I can't do it--if it involves welding or something--I’d get it manufactured.

If you could have your accessories placed anywhere, where or on which female celebrity would they be?
First would be Beyoncé. I love Beyoncé.

We all love Bey!
[Laughs] Second, I would say Oprah’s magazine. Anything Oprah says [sells] through the roof. Third, in the Kardashian store. People follow them like if their freakin' queens of America.

What trends are you into as far as accessories?
I wear things that are edgy, that are classy.

Now, what piece of jewelry do you have to wear all the time?
Earrings is just one of my things. I would never leave the house without earrings. That's my pet peeve, girls who don’t wear earrings. But if I’m wearing like a big necklace, I’ll only wear like a stud or something so it doesn’t clash or take away.

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