by Nicki Brashear, Published by Examiner.com March 7, 2011
MTO-Paving The Way For Emerging Chicago Designers
New on the scene and turning heads, McKenzie Maher proprietor of MTO (MCKRY T. OWENS) is paving the way for emerging Chicago designers to receive visibility.
Realizing the talent Chicago designers have to offer but not getting the ample publicity, McKenzie took the initiative to start representing some of the most talented designers and get them the attention they deserve. By using her expertise in product development, sales, marketing, and public relations, MTO is the name on everyone’s lips.
By living outside the fashion mainstream in Chicago, she has taken the New York publications by surprise. During fashion week she met with W, Elle and Vogue to name a few while also hobnobbing it with top retailer Barney’s New York.
Back in Chicago, her showroom is filled with natural sunlight and fabulous handmade necklaces, rings, cuffs and handbags that are scattered on white glass tables. Every piece is examined to make sure they are in perfect condition to display for potential buyers.
Some of the designers with whom she is currently working with are Shannon Carney, a talented jewelry designer who developed an amazing technique to create resin jewelry by hand. The spectacular line appears like colorful gems and uses 18-karat gold to complete the look.
McKenzie also represents Marisa Swystun, a fashion and textile designer who focuses on unique womenswear, accessories and bridal additions. Her first collection was chosen to debut at the opening of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Marisa Swystun’s designs are unique and sophisticated; Her pieces are shown more like a piece of art.
Nga Waiata, is one of McKenzie’s newest arrivals. Nga creates beautiful hand-crafted ethereal rings made out of exquisite recycled New Zealand wood and adds a pop of the earths minerals including quartz, citrine and fluorite.
You can find the above-mentioned designers product at the MTO’s showroom at 8 E. Randolph Street #1507, Chicago, IL.
McKenzie is bringing world-class design talent to Chicago and we are on the edge of our seats to see whom she will bring next.
Visit MTO website by clicking here for more information on the designer portfolio and their lines.