Olayinka Noel’s childhood dream to accessorise garments with bold jewellery matured into a fast developing business. She explains how her life changed since designing jewellery started to play a major role in her life.

It was with great excitement that I met Olayinka Noel and saw her accessory brand MIANIK. Olayinka’s journey in the fashion industry started as a young girl in Atlanta. She can still remember the joy she experienced every year when opening her birthday gifts from her mother. Seeing the pieces of jewellery initiated her passion for accessorising with jewellery.

Olayinka’s path took her first on a music career. This gave her an opportunity to envision her dream as Jewellery designer and launch her own Brand. The brand name MIANIK was derived from a combination of her two older sisters and her middle names. Her sisters have always supported her and led by example. MIANIK symbolises Sisterhood, Unity, Friendship and Loyalty.

The Brand was launched in October 2016 in Atlanta. Jewellery and accessorising have always been the way Olayinka expresses herself. Her designs are mainly Afro-Guyanese inspired with infusions from places she visited during her travels. She lives to find or create designs that showcases her Heritage. The quality of her work lifts the reflection of her customers outfit to a higher level. Every piece is unique and gives an individuality to it.

PHOTOGRAPHER: KITSO KGORI
MAKE UP & STYLING:  CLEO LE FOS

MODELS: OLIVIA SANG @BOSSMODELS  & OLAYINKA NOEL 

TEXT BY CHRISTINE BARNARD