It all began with a gift
In 2015, a friend was visiting Turkey when she saw a crochet necklace in a bazaar. She brought it back for me, thinking I might like it. She was right: I loved the necklace. So did my mom — and in fact, it inspired her to start designing necklaces of her own. My mom still lives in Turkey and on one of my trips home, we put our heads together. We modernized the design and added some couture-style beading — and our signature necklace was born. On my return to the US, whenever I stepped out in one of my mom’s handmade necklaces, someone would invariably stop me to ask where they could buy one. And so we decided to share these special necklaces with you. We hope you love wearing them as much as we do!
Ezgi Kaya (& I)
Our necklaces: Artisan jewelry for any time of day
What is a “social necklace”?
Sure, our designs look like regular bib necklaces in shape, and we love it when you describe them as statement necklaces. But we feel that “social necklaces” really sums them up. Why? Well, you’ll find out when you wear one — a real compliment magnet, these colorful, handmade necklaces start a conversation every time. And they’re sociable in all kinds of company. Whether you wear yours with a simple tee and jeans for day, or with a little black dress for evening, our social necklaces look good with everything. Lightweight and versatile, they make the perfect travel jewelry too.
Fun jewelry that everyone can wear
Are you allergic to metal jewelry? Don’t worry; we got you. It’s something I can relate to; everything except gold and silver gives me a rash. So we’ve made sure that Mom & I necklaces are comfortable to wear. All our necklaces have a crochet base, so there is no metal next to your skin, and there are two snap fastenings for an adjustable fit. And while they look heavy, you’ll be amazed at how light these handmade necklaces feel. Because we don’t use any metal in their construction — it’s just crochet and beading — most of our designs weigh in at just 0.1 lb.
Small batch production
Who doesn’t like to feel unique? At Mom & I, we know you love to stand out, which is why we make our necklaces in very small batches. Our necklaces are all made entirely by hand. Each one takes nine hours to complete, and we only make five of each design. Not only have we found that this is the optimum number for reducing waste, but it also means that when you buy a necklace from Mom & I, it truly is a limited edition. You need to be quick, though, if you love a particular design — because when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Our values: Necklaces that give back
Committed to empowering women
Mom&I is a family business. My mom and I were quickly joined by two of my aunts, and we now have an additional four women on the team. We’re proud to be providing employment opportunities for women in their 40s and 50s — our artisans are all moms, and for most of them, this is the first paid work they have ever had. Traditionally, women in Turkey didn’t work outside the home, and — while it’s no longer the case for younger women, who can now enjoy their own careers — opportunities for this older generation are still scarce. Thanks to Mom & I, our talented artisans have finally been given the chance to develop and show off their skills; they are able to work at their own pace, and are paid a fair wage for the work that they do.
The Cats of Istanbul
We love cats. In Turkey, cats are everywhere. If you have a friend visiting the country, be prepared to flip through a ton of cat photos when they get back. So naturally, we created a Cats of Istanbul necklace collection inspired by our favorite animal. If you look closely at these bib necklaces, you can see that the two triangles at the front resemble cat’s eyes, while the longer beads beneath are the “whiskers”. We’re so grateful to the cats of Istanbul that we were determined to give something back to these beautiful creatures. So every time you order a necklace from our Cats of Istanbul collection, we donate 5 lbs of cat food to a shelter in the city.