ATLANTA, GA, November 26, 2008 /24-7PressRelease/ -- From jet setting to photo shoots in exotic places all over the world, to handcrafting prototypes for her jewelry line, Misa Chien plays both sides of the industry - and plays them well. While an increasing number of models are launching business ventures at the end of their modeling careers, Chien, at 22, and the prime of her career, has already begun planting the seeds for a successful fashion brand. As the owner and lead designer of Miss Misa, a collection of affordable, yet unique vintage jewelry, she is quickly becoming an industry leader as sales rise and customers clamor to know more about the 'jewel' behind the jewelry.
Misa Chien first began collecting beads at the age of 10. A decade later, with just $50 in jewelry supplies, she began designing and selling her handcrafted jewelry on eBay. Within two months of launching her own e-commerce website, she had to secure a manufacturer to meet the demand. Since then, she's been featured in Entrepreneur and was recently one of 26 finalists out of 1,000 students in the Global Student Entrepreneur Award competition, presented by Mercedes-Benz Financial. A budding style-maven always on the go, she's currently in production on Miss Misa's spring collection, and preparing for the holiday sales rush.
Miss Misa's collections feature stunning, yet affordable vintage cocktail rings and necklaces, incorporating the floral and plant-inspired details and curvilinear forms of the art nouveau movement. From freshwater pearls to antique brash finishes, Chien uses a variety of materials to create colorful and unique designs that range from fun and trendy, to elegant and regal. One of the most popular items in her fall collection is the Art Nouveau Pansy Ring, rich in detail and perfect for any occasion. Miss Misa's spring collection will feature more art nouveau-inspired pieces, reminiscent of her recent travels in Prague.
"The response to Miss Misa has been incredible, so I'm excited to see how the company evolves from here," said Chien. "One of the most challenging parts of operating a business is marketing yourself and distinguishing your brand from others in the marketplace. But I've been finding innovative ways to spread the word and connect with my customers. From Myspace and Facebook to my new VIP partnership with ShopFlick.com, I'm able to personally connect with customers and share my passion with them, and it's really helping to drive sales."
In fact, in just two months Chien has already become one of ShopFlick.com's top sellers. The popular new site features merchants, designers, manufacturers and entrepreneurs in attention-grabbing videos about who they are and what they sell. In Chien's videos, she models her own designs and shares the stories and inspiration behind some of her favorite pieces.
"My modeling career and my career as a jewelry designer intersect all of the time," said Chien. "I've even had the opportunity to share my jewelry with stylists on photo shoots that I've done. Last year, after talking to one stylist, I got to wear my jewelry in a seven-page spread in Thirteen Minutes magazine."
Chien first signed with LA Models in 2007 and has since been featured in a number of ad campaigns including Abercrombie and Fitch, Mary Kay and most recently, Target. Her look is unique and versatile, with a global appeal, much like her jewelry collection.
"I get to travel the world as a model, and my jewelry is currently sold across the globe, it's really incredible," said Chien. "So far, my experience in the fashion industry has been amazing, and I know that there are even bigger and better milestones ahead of me."
For more information on Misa Chien, or the Miss Misa collection, visit http://www.missmisa.com. High-resolution photos of Misa Chien and Miss Misa jewelry, and product samples are available upon request.
About Miss Misa:
Miss Misa is an affordable collection of vintage and art nouveau-inspired jewelry, designed by Misa Chien. The collection features vintage and retro charms, chains and semi-precious stones. Prices range from $28 to $105. For more information or sales, visit http://www.missmisa.com.
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