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About Us

Over 30 years ago, Deborah and Bruce Michel launched Michel Design Works, featuring beautiful paper gifts, such as books, journals, and stationary. From the beginning, we believed that our packaging was just as important as the gift itself. Deborah developed our own unique style, inspired by her lifelong love of French and English art from the 18th and 19th centuries. Her layering of multiple antique designs and her vivid color transformations lead to us establishing a stunning, often whimsical look that is always recognizable.

Michel Design Works began the transformation into the world of personal care products and fragrances when blogs and online photo albums threatened to make two of our best-selling products – elaborate keepsake journals and photo albums – obsolete. As Deborah explored her passion for fragrances, soaps, and lotions, we maintained our beautiful packaging and prominent status as a trendsetter in the gift-giving industry.

Preserving our brand’s reputation for affordable luxury, we sought out the top soap makers and fragrance houses in the world to provide our customers with triple-milled soaps that smelled as amazing as they felt. Next came lotions and then bubble baths. As we grew, we experienced a kind of customer excitement that we never witnessed with our paper products. They loved our luxurious, yet reasonably-priced items. So we continued to develop new products and lines while our brand and reputation continued to grow. Eventually, we began to receive requests from boutiques around the world, and, of course, we happily obliged. While we’ve stayed true to our roots and are still headquartered in the charming town of Katonah, NY, Michel Design Works is now a global brand.

Today, we’ve expanded our product lines into the home décor category, offering our distinct designs on everything from pillows and rugs to serving trays and paper napkins. The response from our customers has been overwhelming. They still come to us for that perfect gift, and they repeatedly return for more. With the launch of our consumer website in the fall of 2019, we celebrate our long history, but more importantly, we celebrate our loyal customers who’ve brought our products into their homes for several decades.

Our Products

At Michel Design Works, our goal is to create high-quality products featuring distinctive, signature designs that customers will love. We believe that nothing brings more joy than witnessing the delight on someone’s face when they’ve received the perfect gift.

Gift giving is an art. There’s a tremendous amount of love and care that goes into finding that perfect gift. And when you do, that magical Ah-ha! moment – one filled with pure joy and satisfaction, washes over you. You know the recipient will genuinely appreciate your thoughtfulness. With so many designs, fragrances, and products to choose from, you’re guaranteed to create the perfect gift on our site.

Stunning patterns. Vibrant colors. Delicious scents. Luxurious textures. Michel Design Works offers something for every room in the home. Transform your bathroom with our rich and luscious scented soaps and lotions. Adorn your kitchen (and even the chef!) with aprons and potholders in bright, bold patterns. Bring comfort and serenity into the bedroom with our plush pillows and delicately scented candles.  Entertain in style, indoors or out, with our beautifully decoupaged trays and durable melamine serveware.

Our site, like a magnificent English garden in full bloom, is filled with items that are lovely on their own, yet equally perfect for mixing and matching. We encourage you to assemble your own stunning product bouquets filled with designs and fragrances that you or a friend will love.

Our Logo

Our elephant logo perfectly encompasses the story of Michel Design Works. While elephants are known for their legendary memories, which tied in perfectly with our keepsake books, they also symbolize stability and wisdom, which has helped us build a successful business. We purposely created an elephant with an upturned trunk as it signifies good luck, something everyone would like to bring into their home. 


Can I modify or cancel my order after it has been placed?
Once you have clicked checkout, your order starts being processed. You may be able to change or cancel your order before it is dispatched for delivery. Please contact our Customer Service department as soon as possible by telephone at  1-866-750-9091 from Monday to Friday, from 8:00am EST – 8:00pm EST, or by email, 

What do I do if my item(s) arrives damaged, broken or spilled?
Customer satisfaction is our main goal at Please contact our customer service department right away at 1-866-750-9091 for assistance or by email,

Can I include a gift message in my order?
Please follow the instructions during checkout to include a gift message. While we do not offer a gift receipt option, we do not include pricing information in any shipment so the gift recipient will not see those details.  At this time we do not offer gift wrapping.  

Do you offer gift cards?
Yes! You can purchase an e-gift card here.

How can I check the balance of a gift card?
Please contact us at by telephone at 1-866-750-9091 and a Customer Service team member can assist.

What forms of payment do you take?
We accept most major credit card/debit cards along with Paypal, Apple Pay and Google Pay. We also accept Michel Design Works E-Gift Cards as well!

When will my credit card be charged?
Your credit card will be charged once your order has been shipped.



Shipping & Returns

What shipping options do you offer?
Orders made on can be shipped to all 50 U.S. States. We offer the following shipping options:

  • Standard: For orders placed by 2:00pm EST, delivery can be expected within 3 to 7 business days. Free shipping for orders over $35*!
  • 2 Day: For orders placed by 2:00pm EST, delivery can be expected within 2 business days.
  • Overnight: For orders placed by 2:00pm EST, delivery can be expected within 1 business day.

* Tax does not count toward order total. Orders received at our fulfillment center before 2:00 PM EST will ship that same day; orders received after 2:00PM EST should ship the next Business Day. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are not considered Business Days.

Do you ship internationally?
Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer international shipping.

Do you ship orders to multiple addresses?
We currently do not ship orders to multiple addresses.

Where can I find my tracking?
We will send your package’s tracking number in a shipping confirmation email once your order leaves our fulfillment center. You can also find a link to the tracking information on your Orders page in your account.

What is your return policy?

We accept returns within 30 days of the ship date for a full refund or credit.  All products must be in new or gently used condition to be eligible for return.  To start your return please contact us by telephone at 1-866-750-9091, from Monday to Friday, from 8:00am EST – 8:00pm EST, or by email,

When can I expect my refund?
It takes our warehouse 1-2 weeks to receive and process your refund.


Can I buy products in my area?
Our products are sold in specialty retailers throughout North America and Canada. Please visit our store locator to find a store near you.

Do you do any animal testing on your products?
There is no animal testing done on our products.

Are your products gluten free? 
Yes!  Our products are gluten free.

The product I want is out of stock. When will it be available?
From time to time we do sell out of our favorite products. Always check out website regularly as we receive inventory on an ongoing basis.

Why are products discontinued?
As times change, Michel Design Works does occasionally retire collections. We are always creating new scents and launching new collections and products to inspire our customers. Continue to check out website for new product launches!


How can I get more information about becoming a wholesale partner?
If you are interested in carrying our products at your store, please visit: or call 1-800-708-6950.