We had the good fortune of connecting with Pia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I moved to Telluride in 2010 after living most of my life in NYC & Boston. I studied fashion design & art history and I spent most of my career in design and curation. I wanted to be involved in the Telluride community and I realized that there was a void for my business model in my new home town. MiXX projects+atelier was created with the belief that art and design should be joyful and accessible parts of everyday life. We assemble a thoughtfully curated selection of fine art, handcrafted jewelry and artisan home goods . Our customers are just as creative as the artists and designers we partner with, and our eclectic collection of functional art is carefully concocted to inspire our clients to express their individuality . Art Transcends is another important part of our mission . We believe that in its truest form, art has the power to heal, to uplift, and to change. It has always been part of our mission to translate the transformative power of art into a tangible force for good in the world. We donate 10% of our fine art profit to a local and national cause, we are currently supporting Feeding America due to the ingoing COVID crisis. Our team is a group of amazing and talented ladies. We all moved to Telluride to enjoy the incredible nature & community and we are so thrilled to be working together.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are always seeking unusual and creative products. I spend a lot of time collaborating with our designers and find the balance between great functional design & sustainable and ethical practices. We are currently working with about 30 fine artists and about 100 designers.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Like all things in Colorado, my week-long itinerary spent with my best friend would depend on the season. Telluride is special in that it’s nearly impossible to pick your favorite season here, but let’s go with summer when opportunity abounds. We would kick off the week with some breathtaking hikes like Ajax Peak & the Weenie Wasatch where you can view the entirety of the box canyon from above followed by an indulgent but well deserved lunch at Little House. After recovering from our hike (and let’s be honest, a few cocktails at Little House) we may swing over to the Transfer Warehouse to check out some live music sponsored by Telluride Arts. The next day we would bop around town and check out my favorite stores—Crossbow Leather, Medicine Ranch, Hook, just to name a few. We may even treat ourselves to a little happy hour sushi dining at Cosmopolitan followed by a sunset ride up and over the Mountain on the free Gondola.
Itching to show them more of the area, we would take a scenic drive on the Million Dollar Highway. On our route, we’d head towards Ridgway and stop at one of the best vintage spots around, The Vault, before fueling up on chocolate at Mouse’s in Ouray. We’d have a brief debate between dipping in the hot springs or trying out the new Via Ferrata course only to decide ‘why choose one when you can do both’. Working our way home after an epic time on the Via Ferrata, we would finish off with dinner at Eatery 66 in Ridgway and settle in for the evening back in town.
Looking for a bit more adventure before departing, our week would be sure to entail a fun but adrenaline-inducing SUP ride down the valley floor and finish with beers at Telluride Brewing Co. (get the galloping goose juice!) and work on plans for the next visit, because as we all know, there is always a reason to come back.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I was given the opportunity right out of design school to work on projects and to make mistakes. I was so fortunate to work with confident designers who allowed me to explore my talent.
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