By Taelor Smith, Contributing Writer
Not many women believe bow ties are a gender neutral fashion choice. However, one of the most influential fashionistas in Houston is doing her part to inspire women to step outside of their fashion comfort zone with the recent debut of Meye Chic Bow Ties.
Mimi Irvin is the creative designer and owner of Meye Chic Bow Ties, a line of chic bow ties custom made especially for women. These hot, new accessories are perfect to brighten any ensemble and give you a signature look! Being a woman who has worked in corporate America for over 13 years – currently an Innovation Technical Lead at a powerful Houston-area firm – Mimi sets herself apart by keeping her exceptional style and brand in the workplace.
“I wear my natural hair. I wear my vintage. That’s another thing with my label. I want to be able to show women that you can be yourself and still be professional while continuing to climb the corporate ladder. It’s all about choice,” Mimi says.
Being a lover of vintage fashion, Mimi began her business Meye Label Vintage Online Resale Shop in 2014, and it has grown phenomenally over such a short period of time. Mimi was inspired to expand her business to designing bow ties through her passion to help women maintain their personal style in any environment and still be unique and classy. Her initial test with the bow tie look was at a fashion show, and she received great feedback from attendees. Mimi says, “I had models on the runway, and I wanted some continuity with all of the models. It started out with just a white, crisp blouse, and then I added a glitz bow to it. The response from people was, ‘I just want the bow.’”
The Meye Chic Bow Tie line was debuted at the First Friday Happy Hour held at The Gite Gallery in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood. Mimi thought there was no better venue to showcase her new fashion line than at The Gite Gallery. Mimi expresses, “The Gite Gallery owner, Lloyd Gite has been a true supporter of my work and fashion business since I launched my label. I actually had my launch party here for my label three years ago. He has been one of my biggest fans since day one, and I could not have the showcase at any other place.”
The bow ties are all of Mimi’s creative designs, most of which she creates with her love of color and a specific pattern in mind. She feels that the bow ties are a great way to try something new. “I think for women who don’t wear color and patterns, this is an easy way to start incorporating this into their attire,” she says.
Many styles and designs are available for clients to choose from. Mimi also customizes bow ties to fit any color, pattern and size you need. Mimi is looking forward to what Meye Chic Bow Ties will bring to women’s fashion everywhere. She hopes women will be inspired to switch up what they wear, try new accessories and diversify their style with the help of chic, classy bow ties.
Mimi adds, “This has really been very positive. I’m very excited. With this, I actually now want to take it to where women can just have their accessory piece as it relates to their socks – trouser socks. Now you have your Meye Chic Bow Tie to go with it. I think this will evolve into something great.”
You can find Meye Chic Bow Ties online at www.meyelabel.com. More of Mimi’s vintage clothing items and fashionable looks are available on Instagram @meyelabel and @officialcorporatechick.