Melissa sells her collections in renowned department stores, select stores, design shops, jewellers and boutiques in over 30 countries throughout the world including some of her favourite London shops. She was thrilled to open and run her eponymous boutique, workshop and showroom on the Kings Road; “Melissa McArthur Jewellery,” which was located ‘’exactly half way between Vivienne Westwood and The Bluebird’’ for 6 years until deciding she wanted to focus her time on her first love; design.
MM is now excited to be working in a light and beautiful studio in the leafy end of Chiswick, London. This is the setting where Melissa develops her designs, which her skilled production team make by hand. Throughout the years the shapes and materials have varied but she has always advocated the special quality of being able to hand make in London, using British made metals.
Another central element of the MM philosophy is a desire for simplicity which is made special by her attention to detail, meticulous craftsmanship and quality control. Her inspiration: architecture, modernist design, furniture, Art, and many periods of fashion and travel. Melissa loves to dissect her favourite architecture, finding fluid lines which play with positive and negative space which are then applied to the female form. The designed, man-made lines accentuate the accidental beauty of the natural gems and pearls which she finds on her travels.
Melissa left Australia bound for London in 1988, since then she has travelled to 49 countries finding inspiration for her designs. The result; unique collections filled with exciting colours, beautiful stones and pearls. Her designs are versatile, easy to wear and ultra-feminine in style or, as one of her treasured customers said, “I live in my MM pieces, but I’m still left wanting to buy more.’’
Melissa McArthur: “Precious, Refined, Modern, Different, Exciting and Ultimately Feminine.”