The MNY Spotlight

Meet Molly Hanten, Founder and CEO of Sovereign Collective

Introduce yourself! 

My name is Molly Hanten, Founder, and CEO of Sovereign Collective!

Molly wears the Stephanie Bow Dress in Porcelain Blue

What inspired you to create Sovereign Collective?

Ever since I was little, I have loved to travel. My Dad was a travel agent, so we got to see a lot as kids, and as soon as I could travel on my own, I did! I love the food, culture, and beauty of traveling abroad, but I also LOVE the shopping, and not the high street or designer shopping you can get at home, the new brands you discover, the shops you stroll into and find unique, beautiful pieces that every other girl at home doesn't own. I have always returned from trips with three extra bags. This was always an idea of mine, but it took COVID and leaving my previous business to pursue it.

How did you discover your passion for world travel?

I traveled with my family, as stated, but my true passion for travel began when I was 19 years old, and I went on Semester at Sea; it changed my life in many ways. I was captivated by the shoes I found in Morocco, the dresses I bought in India, and the wild fashion I saw in Hong Kong. We visited 13 countries in a few months; it was incredible. I have been going abroad ever since :)

 Molly Hanten, Founder and CEO of Sovereign Collective

Shop Mestiza on Sovereign Collective

How do you express your creative style in other areas of your life, such as your home and wardrobe?

I don't only collect clothing, haha. Our art, vases, and even dishware come from many of our trips. I am no interior designer, but I love pieces that tell stories and hold memories.

You’ve traveled to many amazing cities! Do you have a favorite, and why?

Oh my! I love Paris because well, Paris. I love London too, as I could live there, kind of love it. But recently, I fell head over heels for Barcelona. It has it all, history, beauty, great food, shopping, hotels, nightlife, oceans, mountains, and the people; I love the people of that city. The fashion is also so fun, vibrant, and expressive.

What do you look for in a brand when bringing them onto Sovereign Collective?

We focus on slow fashion and artisan-made brands. We look for stories, and craftmanship, meaning behind the brand vs. just some mass-produced, low-priced items that will go out of style. In every city we carry, you can sense a different culture and style when you click to shop there. Also, we have about 98% female-founded brands, which is fantastic.

 Molly Hanten, Founder and CEO of Sovereign Collective

What advice would you give to others looking to turn their creative passions into a business?

Just be obsessed with it. Like, can't sleep, wake up thinking about it, dreaming about it, loving the idea of spending all day on it. I think it's so important to feel it's a part of you.

What draws you to the Mestiza brand?

The joy, the expressiveness, the fun, and the femininity of it all. Every piece screams celebration, and those are the best times in our lives. It captures a memory in every piece. 

How does wearing your Mestiza piece make you feel?

I felt SO FUN. I love the details, the bows, the flow of the skirt and the fit of the body, and oh, the pattern! Putting it on with a perfect fit, you can't help but feel feminine and like you need a glass of champagne in hand immediately. It's a show-stopper.

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