MLE was founded in New York by Emily Antonian Li Mandri (MLE) in 2018 with a focus on high-quality materials, whimsical details, and sustainability. Li Mandri is a third-generation designer in an Italian and Armenian family of tailors, seamstresses, and fine jewelers. MLE integrates the artistry of old-world techniques with modern designs and contemporary subject matters. Recurring themes within MLE reference female empowerment (such as The Gentlewoman’s Agreement Collection and the Oeuf Egg Earring) and use signature pops of color and bold details to create statement pieces. MLE has been featured in Vogue and Sports Illustrated.