Q&A With Jan Haedrich, Founder of MMe.MINk
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and where do you live now?
My name is Jan Haedrich, Founder + CEO + Designer of MME.MINK. I grew up in the Midwest, however, I consider myself a Bostonian. At a young age, I left home to attend L’institut de Tourainne in France, Imperial College in London, then finished up college in Boston. I’ve been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to design in wonderful cities including Hamburg, Germany, Paris, London and New York. Currently, I am in the Boston area with a house on the coast of Maine. I love New England and its close proximity to New York.
What did you do before starting MME. Mink?
I recently sold a previous brand that I had created before starting this LUXURY label. Having designed for a few LUXURY houses of Europe & the US, brand building and creating LUXURY goods are my forté and love.
Tell us about your company. When did you launch? Where are you based? Why did you start it?
MME.MINK is the culmination of my refined sense to taste and style. This brand is completely me. It is everything I adore. MME. is the acronym for “Madame” and MINK stands for “Many Individual Niceties we Keep.” We “hard launched” in 2019. Currently I am working out of our Estate in Maine, but I make frequent trips Boston. I began MME.MINK really as a hobby, however within the first 3 months we were accepted into COTERIE New York.
What has your last year looked like? How has COVID-19 impacted your business?
Our last year has surprisingly been very very busy. I am honored and humbled by the response. Currently we have waiting lists on many of our items and requests from customers who are willing to wait for products to arrive through pre-order status. Our Collections are highly curated and in many ways, we have been very fortunate.
What is your current mantra?
IT NEVER GETS EASIER, YOU JUST GET BETTER.
What are some routines you’ve been enjoying lately?
The business has really absorbed much of my free time, however, when I have the chance I adore morning jogs along the coast. I am also obsessed with “Filming Life Events” - it is so much fun to capture the day in media.
What is your go-to outfit?
I LOVE wearing my poolside dresses. Currently, for instance, I am wearing our A-Line easy-fitting and super lightweight Buckhead dress. They are easy to clean and always look great.
Any books, movies, tv shows or podcasts to recommend?
I really only read Non Fiction. I am currently reading a vintage book about Grace Kelly called “True Grace.”
Are you planning any trips this year? What places are you most looking forward to visiting when life opens back up again?
We are flying to Rome and traveling to Florence at the end of June. We are combining business with pleasure! We cannot wait to get back to Europe!
Congratulations on launching your new collection! What was your biggest inspiration? What is your favorite piece?
Thank you so much! The PALMBEACH Lifestyle has been my biggest inspiration. Our icons of style are C.Z. GUEST and Grace Kelly. Our grass-woven totes are currently my favorite - even though our leather pieces really bring validity to the LUXURY level of the Collection. Our use of ribbon and texture are key to Spring and Summer. We are so honored to be named “THE MODERN DAY SLIM AARONS OF STYLE” with our Spring Collection.
Below are Jan's Modatrova favorites.