Madame Malachite is not a brand, it's a personal story. The story of Irem Kinay, a woman with an incredible passion for culture and style. Born in Istanbul and grown up in Southeast Asia, after curating beautiful objects for her Assouline stores in Istanbul and styling libraries around the world, she set up the atelier of Madame Malachite to create her first collection of Cabinet of Curious Jewels in 2017, inspired by the history and cultural heritage of her native city and infused with the vibrations of natural stones.
Istanbul, the ancient city of Constantinople during the Byzantine rule and later the throne to the Ottoman Empire, creates the perfect playground for Irem Kinay. During the Byzantium period, jewels not only represented status and diplomacy, but were used as amulets protecting against bad luck or harm, which remains the philosophy behind her collection of jewels.
Working with local artisans whose skills have been passed down from generation to generation, Irem works to support her community, particularly the women whose skills are not fully utilized.