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about mingi wants

mingi wants is a website boutique for those looking for fun and quality objects. The collection is selected by Mingi, an artist who grew up in Los Angeles now living in Trinidad. As the name implies all the objects on the website are ones that Mingi would love to have as her own. Some words that describe Mingi's style are fun, colourful, thoughtful, exciting, humorous, smart. Almost all objects are one-of-a-kind and Mingi is committed to featuring the best price possible.

The Mingi brand started from in 2008 which exclusively featured jewelry designed by Mingi. responds to the need in Trinidad for local makers to be represented and we provide a shopping experience that puts quality of goods and customer happiness first. launched in February 2011 and you can count on us to always keep it fun, cute, and high quality!

The objects on this web boutique are either hand-made by local artists or hand-picked by Mingi from her travels especially for Get to know these fabulous artists by reading their statements below. Thank you for visiting and remember to check back often since new objects are constantly added. Also, sign up for the mailing list (email: to be immediately notified when new objects are featured and, of course, for those special sale alerts!



about the makers  
Adam Williams
Adam was born in Trinidad in 1982 and grew up both there and in Barbados. In 2000 started his Drawing and Painting major at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada but made the switch to ceramic arts in his 3rd year. He did not graduate from OCAD but returned to Trinidad in 2004 where he continued his studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus and then graduated in 2010. While at UWI he started his own ceramic studio at his home where he continues to teach ceramics and runs a small production of ceramic wears.

Alex Smailes
From 1996, Alex had been working in the Middle East, the South Pacific, South Asia, the Caucasus and South America covering environmental, social and political conflicts. His work during that time has been recognised by Amnesty International, and Colours magazine, and he has worked for the BBC, Geographic Magazine, IRC, Corbis and Reuters.

Alex moved to Trinidad in 2002 to work on his first book Trinidad and Tobago (MacMillan,2004). He became a director of Abovegroup in 2005 and manges a broad portfolio of creative and operations. Alex continues to shoot, and is currently working on a personal project of the effects of urban gangs on Morvant families.

When not at the studio or out on a shoot, Alex is a big traveller (mainly to the wine-producting regions of the world). He's also a mean chef.

Alicia Milne
Alicia Milne is a visual artist living and working in Trinidad. Her drawings, collages, clay objects and video works have been exhibited in Trinidad, Grenada and the USA. You can view more of her work at
Life’s cultures and symbolisms have inspired the jewelry collection, Chejo, by Kristy Collado. Unique geometric shapes echo through each piece, creating a visual statement of extreme individuality and style, combining an undoubtedly earthy edge and a timeless Metropolitan flare with an undeniable Caribbean swag. Chejo utilizes an intriguing compliment of mixed metals and up-cycled leather materials to create masterfully crafted pieces geared to enhance the presence of any wearer. Chejo is the marked distinction between the world of the simple accessory and the realm of living Art.
Cocoa Vintage by Crystal Antoine
Art has always been Crystal's passion.  She went from a Graphic Designer, to Art Director, to studying fashion design, to now finding her true passion – Jewellery Design.

Now with her passion she brings to life her very own line called ‘Cocoa Vintage’ which is a fusion of classic ornamental Caribbean design, art, nature and other worldly influences and the use of clay and semi-precious stones mixed in with a fun yet sophisticated Bohemian aesthetic.  Her pieces seduce the soul and relay a deep rustic feel especially the handmade clay cocoa pod earrings, which are inspired by the beauty of Trinidad & Tobago. 
Lupe Leonard
Lupe Leonard has always been immersed in and intrigued by creativity. Her love for the arts led her to Edna Manley School for Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. This followed by a year at the Parsons School of Design, New York and the Parsons School of Design, Paris. Her experiences at these institutions allowed her to hone her skills in the areas of fine art, design, sculpture, ceramics, and woodwork. In 2005 Lupe's focus shifted to creating purses and that's when her brand was born.

pronounced "iss".

Melys is a certified aesthetician with qualifications from Cosmar, School of Aesthetics. She has acquired six years of experience in this field and worked at various leading spas which eventually led to starting her own business in the past four years. Her goal is to offer professional and friendly service in comfortable and clean surroundings.

Melys offers various treatments such as facials, massages, waxing, manicures, pedicures, and more.

Location: 47 Cornelio Street, Woodbrook, POS
Hours: 10am - 6pm, Tuesday-Friday. 10am - 3pm, Saturday.
Richard Hubbard
Richard Hubbard is a retired Marine Biologist. He was educated in England where he learnt the basics of woodworking. His return to Trinidad afforded him the opportunity to hone his skills in the art and craft of cabinet making and woodturning. He specialises in custom wood items that emphasise the character and personality of the wood used.

Paradise Plum Collection
The Paradise Plum Collection is a Caribbean expression of the urge to adorn oneself with jewels, feathers, baubles and ornaments of every conceivable material. The line of flirty fascinators, hair clips, bandeaux, combs and jewelry are all crafted by DIY artist Zia Holder deep in the valley of Don Diego Martin.

Each Paradise Plum piece is an original. Enjoy the burst of colour and the journey through texture... It's Millinery. Get Hip.

Susan Dayal
Susan teaches Hatha Yoga in the tradition of Vanda Scaravelli. This approach is slow, thoughtful and
exploratory, as it focuses on the internal experience of the postures and breathing exercises. Susan teaches
weekly beginner and intermediate level classes, pre-natal yoga and restorative yoga at her studio.