The Milly by Michelle Smith collection has defined youthful, luxurious style since 2001. Designer Michelle Smith creates timeless silhouettes with smart, sexy, feminine flair that satisfies her ever-expanding customer base. Born out of Smith's lifelong love of fashion, Milly is an iconic brand known for exquisite prints and colors, luxurious fabrics and attention-to-detail. Sophisticated and glamorous, her collections embody modern sensibility with a vintage vibe.
Milly Convinced from an early age that fashion design was her calling, Smith earned an art school scholarship to study fashion illustration, and later followed her passion to New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. With a keen interest in European fashion and luxury goods, Smith worked at the Herm & egraves boutique in Manhattan to help pay for her studies. Upon graduation from FIT, she wrote to the President of Hermès requesting an internship at the Paris headquarters.
Milly request was granted, making Michelle Smith the first American Hermès employee sent to work in Paris by this legendary fashion house.While in Paris, Smith continued her studies at the prestigious design school ESMOD while also interning at Louis Vuitton, Torrente and Christian Dior Haute Couture. After three years, Smith returned home to New York, intent on establishing her own design business, and Milly was born.
Milly is now recognized throughout the globe with a devoted following. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Beyoncé, and Thandie Newton are counted among Milly's loyal fans. The collection is sold at the finest specialty and department stores worldwide, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, and Takashimaya. In Spring 2011, Milly marked its 10th anniversary with several exciting new endeavors; The opening of Milly's flagship boutique on Madison Avenue, the debut of its handbag and fashion jewelry collections, and "Milly Minis", clothing for young Milly aspirants aged 2-7.