Described as “the happiest brand on Earth,” Dauphinette was created by Olivia Cheng at 19 with only $2,000. Now, the brand is known for using real botanicals in its resin earrings, as well as vintage, recycled and byproduct fur and leather for its handbags and clothing.

The New York based brand was born from Cheng’s fondness for vintage clothing and her passion for art and painting. Her designs today aim to express childlike excitement and imagination and joyful optimism, as Cheng finds inspiration from food, flowers, art and her journal. 

In French, “Dauphin” is the male heir to the throne. By adding the feminine suffix -ette, an archaic feudal concept takes on a new form.