Recreo San Miguel
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Meet Recreo Muse – Monica Sordo

Email sent: Nov 6, 2019 3:03 pm

Is this your brand on Milled? You can claim it.

The globetrotting jewelry designer talks process, inspiration and staying grounded
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Ah, Monica Sordo. Where do we even begin? 

The Venezuelan-born jewelry designer is known for her architectural pieces; her work has been recognized in premier publications including Vogue, Elle, W and Harper’s Bazaar. Before founding her eponymous jewelry line, Monica studied in Milan, Madrid and New York, was a fashion editor at Marie Claire Spain and worked in public relations at Christian Louboutin.

Now based in NYC, she is a creative force to be reckoned with, and remains deeply rooted in and fiercely supportive of the Latin American design community. In fact, we are delighted that Monica will visit San Miguel de Allende this weekend, and we invite all who will be in the area to join us as we welcome Monica to Recreo on Friday, November 8 with a cocktail reception from 5-7pm. 

We chatted with the globetrotting designer about how her experiences informed her line, what her design process looks like and the challenges of owning a business. Of course, we also asked about her enviable personal style and her favorite spots in NYC.  

Read on for the full interview and enjoy. 


RSM – The quality of your pieces is extraordinary - can you tell us more about how your pieces are sourced and manufactured?

MS – We proudly work with master artisans in Peru whose exquisite craftsmanship has been passed from generation to generation. This – together with the design, innovation and high manufacturing standards that we bring to the table – results in jewelry that appeals to consumers across the globe. 

RSM – Your pieces have real meaning and purpose behind them - they exude strength and confidence. What type of woman do you imagine when designing…in other words, who is the MS woman?

MS – A modern and curious woman who knows that beauty is found in timeless, unique design. 

RSM – What would you say is the biggest challenge(s) to running your own business?

MS – My biggest challenge so far – and what I have focused on the most for the past five years – has been building up my production team. It’s been a long road... to have a team that understands my point-of-view and respects me as a female entrepreneur working in a sector dominated by men. Further, I've worked to build a team that understands the importance of quality standards and deadlines, and that wants to learn and improve together along the way. 


RSM – How would you describe your personal style? Do you have a go-to look or designers?

MS – Tomboy-ish... yet very feminine somehow. Nostalgic but timeless... 

RSM – What are your favorite NYC spots? When you’re not working, where can we find shops, restaurants, parks, galleries, shops, museums, etc.?

MS – I live in East Williamsburg; there are two spots that I visit several times a year, as they change so much according to the season: the Noguchi Museum Garden (love reading there in the Spring, but there also is something wonderful about crisp Winter afternoons there) and the James Turrell permanent installation at MOMA PS1 (favorite sunset in the city). I love going for Venezuelan food at Guacuco in Bushwick, and late disco nights at Mad Tropical just few blocks from there. Vintage shopping at Stella Davis (fashion) and Dobbin Street (furniture) is a joy, and lastly – but def my favorite spot of them all – cozy aperitivos in my terrace with my husband and friends. 

RSM – Do you have a personal mantra, beliefs that keep you centered, a particular fitness or wellness routine, etc.?

MS – I do have a few principles that keep me grounded:



Be still 

Be present

Retreat to your inner sanctuary for holy restoration 

Fall in love with life 

Accept the invitation 

Let your passion lead the way. 


RSM – In closing, where can our readers find MS jewelry and/or keep up with you? 

MS – My collections can be found on Net-A-Porter, at Forty Five Ten, The Modist, at Nordstrom’s. We’ll soon be at Printemps and The Webster as well. My website is, and on Instagram, I am @monicasordobk


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Bring a friend to join us for any of our upcoming trunk shows, or pass along our upcoming dates to anyone you think may be interested in any of these these events. For details, write us at

Memphis, TN - November 7-9
San Miguel de Allende – Monica Sordo at RSM – November 8-10
Cartagena, Colombia - November 12-14
Chicago, IL - November 12 & 13
San Antonio, TX - November 20
New York, NY – “Winter on Madison” Pop-Up - December 2-24
Houston, TX - December 3-4
Jackson Hole, WY - December 20-23


Weaving history and modernity, simplicity and elegance, Recreo San Miguel was originally inspired by the timeless versatility and roomy lines of the serape, the iconic Latin American garment. Recreo’s compelling layering statements and essential separates are available through our website. Discover our world and shop online at

Luxury reimagined.   |   Tradition reinterpreted.

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