Inside Melroso: Haati Chai's Designer Stella Simona


Melroso’s founder and curator, Colette Tebele, curates her jewelry selection from designers around the world. She takes inspiration from different cultures to provide a collection of jewelry that makes the wearer feel confident and sexy by accentuating their natural beauty. Among these curated pieces are designs we’ve added from popular jewelry designer, Haati Chai. You may have heard of Haati Chai and it’s founder and designer, Stella Simona, as they are both becoming increasingly prominent in the fashion world. Here’s a bit about her and why her pieces inspire us.

The Woman & The Brand

Haati Chai is the brand; Stella Simona is the designer and mastermind behind the brand. In her native, East Indian culture, each piece of jewelry is personal and usually passed down generation to generation. The jewelry tells a story and marks special moments of the journey through life. Stella’s grandmother would ask her for a list of what Stella wanted her to bring back from her travels; at first it was little trinkets or jewelry, but as Stella grew older her grandmother suggested that Stella draw her own designs. This is the beginning of Haati Chai.

Stella majored in communications and gained a vast amount of experience through different positions. Never truly satisfied with the jewelry available for the projects she was involved with, she decided to change that. Her first designs sold out quickly after their release and received great feedback. Since being founded in 2011, Haati Chai has gained many fans worldwide.

The Jewelry & Designs

In Bengali, Haati Chai literally means “elephant” and “tea.” Like the name, Stella Simona is determined that Haati Chai be known for out of the box thinking and jewelry that is both bold and simplistic. As said on her website, “I wanted to provide a medium for women to explore their sensuality and self through hints of old world inspirations translated for everyday wear.” And she has done just that. Haati Chai jewelry is designed to be a part of its wearers story. Designed with everyday function in mind but with an added touch of exotic sensuality.

Inspired by a combination of East Indian culture, tribal influence and contemporary designs, Haati Chai jewelry is intricate and is able to flawlessly become an extension of one’s personality. Stella knows that art and design have  a personal effect on our daily lives and provides design details that allow us to escape to different places or moments. Here at Melroso, we love how Haati Chai jewelry has a touch of both the bold and the delicate. Delicate details allow us to make a statement without going overboard with drama.

So, what’s next for designer Stella Simona and her jewelry brand Haati Chai? While we’re not sure, we are raving over her current collections and are looking forward to seeing what’s to come from this designer. We love what she’s done so far and are excited to be adding her sensual jewelry pieces to our collection. Browse our full Haati Chai collection to find your new favorite! Interested in learning more about some of the other designers that are featured in Melroso’s collection? Check out the inside look on Vanessa Mooney, Luv Aj’s Amanda Thomas or designer Amber Sceats.


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