Mimo (Meaningful Ideas for Meaningful Objects) is a handmade, one-of-a-kind fish skin & leather jewelry line designed and produced in Toronto by Fabiana Papaleo and Mithiele Pizzato. Our main objective is to re-purpose discarded leather into a meaningful and sustainable jewellery line that has an unique flare. We design exclusive products with the right amount of creativity, trend awareness and boldness. We hope you like it. :)
Over the past 10 years, Fabiana has been working in the Canadian fashion industry as a Buyer, Footwear Product Developer and Fashion Trend Forecaster. She has fallen in love with fish leather while developing a Footwear collection for The Bay. By combining her creativity and passion for jewelry with the business know-how of a long time friend, Mithiele Toniolo, they ventured into starting their own line.
Mithiele Toniolo is a business international professional with experience in China, France, Brazil and the US. Her business acumen, her global market vision combined with her love for everything that is healthy and sustainable makes her the perfect match to carry our brand objective: to make stylish and sustainable jewelry.
The pieces are developed respecting the nature of each material, therefore, each one is exclusive as we may not be able to find two similar raw elements. We create collections considering the uniqueness of each woman.
Mimo uses mostly fish skins from Tilapia, Salmon and Carp, but we also work with a selection of scrap leathers.
We use fish leather as our primary source as it has an exquisite look with scale pockets that brings sophistication to the jewellery. The fish skins have the aesthetic versatility needed to bring nature to life in strong statement pieces. While thin and delicate, the fish leather offers great resistance to wear.
Specially raised in farms for consumption, all the fish used is cleaned, scaled and tanned in an eco-friendly way. The skins are turned into leather and tanned with a technique that uses a 100% vegetarian powder extracted from an assortment of trees. This process ensures the removal of all odours and gives the leather a suede finish, without employing chrome or any other metals.
We work with stones in different sizes, forms and patterns. The stones are hand picked to achieve a distinctive look.
The agate slices are an organic work of art, it comes in different shades and it is often color-dyed for ornamental purposes. The stones of brownish tones interlayered with white and grays are usually naturally dyed.