MEET OUR FOUNDER
Meet our Managing Member and Founder of Vintage Magnality, Melissa Mandarich, who resides in Lake Forest, IL with her husband, three children, three dogs and one cat. Melissa the oldest of three, was born in Vermont, raised in upstate New York, graduated from Colorado State University's College of Business, with a Bachelor's of Science with a concentration in Accounting degree. As a licensed CPA working across the country for several Fortune 500 companies including Arthur Andersen LLP, KB Home and MDC Holdings, Inc., Melissa has had a two decade career in corporate accounting, finance, compliance, land acquisition and human resources. While living and working in Chicago, Melissa attended the now closed Harrington College of Design part-time pursuing additional education in the field of interior design.
Most recently, Melissa served as the CFO and CHRO for multiple regional and national law firms. Subsequent to restructuring the firms through a significant client's bankruptcy and sale, Melissa decided to take some time off to tend to her family. While traveling with two of her children, Melissa was inspired by the natural beauty surrounding them to start a business focused on sustainability. Thinking that these beautiful resources need to be preserved for generations to come, Melissa came up with the idea to couple her talents and hobbies of style, treasure hunting, and jewelry to start a sustainable e-commerce jewelry company. Vintage Magnality was then born. Magnality, means a wonderful thing, which is a play on her son's name, Magnus.
Melissa does all of Vintage Magnality's buying and takes the guess work out of shopping for jewelry by looking for pieces that she would wear herself and that are a good value. Having discerning taste and an eye for unique one-of-a-kind pieces that can either stand out to tell a story or classic everyday elegance to take you through your life journey, she brings a curated collection to our e-commerce storefront. We don't want to be the biggest vintage jewelry outfit there is, just the best. Vintage is the most ethical and sustainable form of consumerism there is as it doesn't require new materials to be mined or resources expended to make vintage goods, they already exist. Vintage pieces just need to be discovered and brought to market by someone.
We eventually want to add in one-of-a-kind designs made from reworked pieces and recycled metals and stones. We'd love it if you would follow us on our journey!