West-London based jewellery brand, Missoma, founded by Marisa Hordern, has very much found its sweet spot.
Launched in 2008, Missoma was one of the first brands to spearhead the demi-fine jewellery category: marrying fashion-forward designs with affordability and quality. Over a decade later, Missoma’s veritable array of chunky chains and bohemian inspired pendants and huggie hoops have become to go-to for well-dressed influencers and fashion insiders alike.
Travel is a key inspiration for Marisa, “All our collections are instilled with a sense of freedom and exploration, which travel has always given us… Missoma pieces evoke the idea that you can go anywhere, meet anyone, and be adventurous which feels more pertinent than ever this year. ”
Filling the gaps in her own jewellery wardrobe Marisa wears her own designs daily, “I love to contrast chunky chains, mix my go-to Marina necklace with a delicate Square Snake chain. For my ears, I like to build up an ear stack with my Chubby Huggies and black pavé Claw Huggies from our new Missoma Fine collection.
With a healthy dose of wanderlust, we delve into Marisa Hordern’s travel psyche…
What is the first trip you remember taking?
The first time I really travelled outside of Europe was to Bangkok with my school friend. It was a whole new world that ignited my love for the Far East; particularly its food and culture. I bought a whole load of beaded gemstone strings (even then I was passionate about making jewellery). My friend and I travelled around some of the islands, such as Koh Chang. We explored the island on our moped, ate street food, stayed in little beach huts, and went to a full moon party. This was when the internet was still quite new and there were only a few internet cafés. You felt totally cut off from the world and carefree.
What’s been your most memorable trip and why?
Travelling around South America with my best friend for two months. We did Argentina, Peru, and Brazil. We climbed Machu Picchu, went to the jungle, visited Salta and Iguazu Falls. My favourite part was probably ice-trekking on the Perito Merino glacier; that was magical. I ended the trip by falling asleep on Ipanema Beach and had my bag stolen with all my money, cards, camera, and passport in it. Rookie mistake!
What’s your favourite ever hotel?
Macakizi in Bodrum, Turkey. It’s built into the rocks on tiered levels, with climbing pink Bougainvillea and calming powder white rooms. They have this amazing restaurant serving the best fresh seafood and Turkish dishes. There’s a great platform over the sea to sunbathe on; the beach bar and cocktails are pretty good too! It’s that perfect mix of luxury, style, and fun.
Where or what is your escape?
Going to France, where my parents live; it’s so secluded and peaceful. I can take some quiet time and just reset. There’s nothing better than a simple Mediterranean diet, sea air, and sun to feel re-energised. And the light in the South of France is just magical; there’s a reason why all the painters flocked there to paint, from Van Gogh to Gauguin.
If you could go anywhere tomorrow it would be…
Back to Thailand, I haven’t been in so long. I really want to go and see our suppliers out there, and take my fiancé as he’s not been to Thailand before.
What’s your idea of a luxury holiday?
Being somewhere remote, maybe a bungalow on the beach, eating outdoors by candlelight, exploring islands by boat by day. Perhaps a hammock, maybe a little plunge pool or jacuzzi, and cocktails on the terrace. Right now, going anywhere would be a luxury! This year made us all appreciate the little things. I just love being by the sea, and hearing the tide at night.
Where do you get your holiday inspiration?
Recommendations from friends are always the best. But I also love Culture Trip, Mr & Mrs. Smith, and Lucy Williams’ travel tips.
My top bucket-list destination is…
Australia. I never can find enough time to go, and you need at least three weeks to do it justice and allow for jet-lag recovery. My father’s family is from Australia and I’ve never been.
If you could sit next to anyone – dead or alive – on a long-haul flight, who would it be?
I’m a massive history buff so I would have loved to have met Elizabeth I and hear her story from her point of view.
What’s on your travel playlist?
Something like John Cage by Ross From Friends, or Starry Night by Peggy Gou whilst staring out of the window. I love So Good to Me by Chris Malinchak, which is definitely on my cocktail-in-hand playlist. If I’m being honest, Harry Styles would definitely be on my playlist somewhere too.
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How do you switch off?
I don’t! I find inspiration everywhere, and time out is time to design and get inspired.
What is your jet-lag recovery tip?
Melatonin. It’s the only thing that works for me. I try to exercise to make myself tired, read, try herbal teas, all of it. But even if I get to sleep, I wake up in the middle of the night, and I’m wide awake. Whereas, Melatonin knocks me out and I don’t feel groggy the next day. I only take 1-2mg for the first two-three nights after a long-haul trip.
Who is your favourite travel companion?
My best friend Alia, we travelled all around South America together. We know how to chat into the night, but also do quiet time together.
What is your suitcase stalwart?
A little black dress: something really easy to slip on, but makes you feel really confident and sexy. You always need one of those, one pair of heels, and a great pair of hoops. Then you’re set to go anywhere! I hate been unprepared or underdressed.
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What is your number one packing tip?
Pack a few days in advance, so it’s not a last-minute mad rush. I also make a list. I hate forgetting things, or not feeling organised.
What is your most treasured purchase from your travels?
My signed Victor Vasarely print which my fiancé and I bought at the Vasarely Museum in Aix-en-Provence the day after he proposed. It was the first piece we bought together to celebrate our life ahead together, and it will always remind me of that weekend.
Where is home and what are your must-do’s for any tourists visiting?
Home is Notting Hill, West London. Hotspots to check out are definitely Portobello Market for antiques and people watching, followed by a stroll down the colourful streets of Westbourne Grove and Lancaster Road. Go-to shops include L’Appartement Sézane, Reformation, and Couverture & The Garbstore. My favourite place has to be Golborne Road. I love brunch at The Golborne Deli and vintage shopping at Les Couilles du Chien. Lisboa is also pretty amazing for a traditional Portuguese afternoon pastry.
First thing that comes to your mind…
My notepad and pencils.
Packing: roll or fold?
In-flight book or in-flight film?
Music or podcasts?
Time filler on a long-haul flight?
Holiday tipple of choice?
Beach or City Break?
Ultimate holiday treat?
Ultimate holiday read?
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.