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Milly - Designer Biography

Milly, the women's collection designed by Michelle Smith, fulfills the fashion dream of today's smart, successful, and confident woman. Launched in 2000, Milly combines sleek silhouettes, beautiful fabrics, and a timeless style that relates to fashionable women everywhere.

Milly was born out of Michelle's lifelong love of fashion, and her travels both stateside and abroad. Brought up in Connecticut, Michelle moved to Paris during college to pursue her love of fashion. Michelle credits her inspiration to a combination of her experiences in Connecticut, Paris, and New York. As a then-single girl in New York City, Michelle wanted to design a collection for a woman like herself, who could combine professional dressing, sexiness, and fun throughout her wardrobe.

Knowing that fashion design was her calling at an early age, Michelle earned an art school scholarship where she learned fashion illustration. As a natural next step, she followed her love of fashion to New York, where she enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

As an eighteen-year-old FIT student, Michelle found a part-time job with Hermes, out of an interest for European fashion and luxury goods. After graduating from FIT, Michelle wanted to work in Paris and wrote a letter to the president of Hermes requesting an internship in France. To her surprise, her request was granted and she was the first American employee sent to Paris by this legendary fashion house. While in Paris, Michelle continued her studies at the esteemed design school, ESMOD. Her talent and determination landed her internships at Louis Vuitton, Torrente and Christian Dior Haute Couture. Three years later, she returned to New York intent on setting up her own design business.

Since its launch in 2000, the collection has developed a loyal following with retailers and customers. Milly has been worn by actresses such as Rachel Bilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel McAdams, Heather Locklear, and Cameron Diaz.