Once upon a time: my days were filled with fetching cappuccinos, scripts and the producer's kids from playdates. Then one night I had a magical dream about a classic Victorian handbag that morphed into a tiny bouquet of flowers with a lustrous pearl handle. Against all advice, I dropped everything to figure out how to make this seemingly crazy dream a reality.
A strange fairy tale: These little bags landed in the windows of Bergdorf and made their way to the Oscars, Oprah, plus a few hundred of the world’s top stores. Some of my customers were asking for pearl jewelry to wear along with my handbags. That's when I started to wonder if it was possible to make classic white pearls a little more…fun.
The Result: Magical Mind, a collection of 18k gold creatures perched on South Sea pearls. Even though I eventually left the design world to sculpt and paint, people still ask for them, so I decided to make my jewelry collection available on this website.
Ever After: I live in New York City, sculpting, painting and doing portrait commissions (which I love), still inspired by all things magical. Click here if you'd like to know more about commissioning a magical portrait.
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"Soon the woman who never stepped foot inside a design school had her products sold at Fred Segal and showcased on television shows such as "Dharma and Greg" and "Dawson's Creek." ~Los Angeles Daily Journal
"Look at that bag!" Anyone who totes ones of Mary Jo Matsumoto's handbags has surely garnered this reaction. The purses, perfect for a night out or simply for showing off are truly beautiful. Just ask Fred Segal, who took the whole line in her first week of designing. She never planned to become a designer, but who can say no to success?" ~ Fashion Business Incorporated
The Bougainvillea Collection & Naked State of Mind Nail Color in Lucky Magazine
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"Laguna Shimmer Fold Over Clutch by Mary Jo Matsumoto $300. Crafted from the softest calfskin available, this clutch doubles as a wallet with silver calf tassel zipper pulls. It’s a vintage inspired soft fold-over clutch with two separate compartments make this clutch/wallet more than roomy enough for cash, coins and cards."
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October issue of Coast Magazine
Mary Jo Matsumoto Diamond Drop Star earrings in Lucky Magazine
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Melissa, editor of Reverie Daydream and her little girl wearing Mary Jo Matsumoto 4FREE Nail Polish