I'm Mason, the owner and creative force behind MIZU. I personally design just about everything that goes out here and take great pride in the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that is put in to every piece.
I'm a maker at heart and always have been. I love to cook, explore, travel and learn. My aesthetic is fueled by a combination of these passions which come through in the variety of products I offer.
I'm inspired by the unknown. Traveling to unknown places, both near and far fuels my mind. . There are so many things you not only learn about yourself, but about the world and society as a whole when you travel and immerse yourself in foreign surroundings. My designs I aim to capture that brief, exciting moment of the unknown and to open your eyes to other ways of life. My goal is to inspire you to explore anything and go anywhere, to get the travel bug and share your amazing, inspiring stories with friends, who now have no choice to but to go explore the world themselves.
"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained though understanding"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I started MIZU back in 2011. I was in art school at the time with plans of becoming some sort of fine art painter / illustrator hybrid, with no real intentions of entering into the fashion world professionally. I've always loved fashion ( my first dream job in 3rd grade was to become a designer ) but at the time, I had given up on any idea fully pursing a career path in fashion.
Until one day at the mall, I was searching high and low for a bow-tie that wasn't some bias striped silk that you could find at any department store. I came up empty ( shocking ). It was on the bus ride home that a friend said "why don't you just make one?". In that moment, MIZU was born. I set off to the Salvation Army on Adler street, bought 3 vintage floral dresses and sewed a few rough bow ties on the sewing machine my grandmother gave me for Christmas in 2001.
I wore those ties everywhere and everyday. It was kind of my thing, and the people in my town were beginning to recognize me for it ( one of the advantages of living in a small city ). People started asking me where I bought them and where they could get them. So I started selling bow ties at local First Fridays outside my college. They were all up-cycled clothes and vintage fabrics, and there were all selling out each month. By late 2011, MIZU was in full force and ready to take on the world.
Learn more about MIZU and Mason Hainey with an interview done by LDNXX Magazine.