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November 2021

Michelle Smith, Designer of Milly

milly-michelle-smith-bio-image Convinced from an early age that fashion design was her calling, Michelle 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 Hermès 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. Thus, Michelle Smith became the first American Hermès employee to work at the legendary luxury goods maker in Paris.

While in Paris, Smith continued her studies at the prestigious design school ESMOD and interned at Louis Vuitton, Torrente, and Christian Dior Haute Couture. After 3 years, Smith returned home to New York to establish her own design business. Milly was born.

Michelle Smith Introduces Milly Clothing for Women
The Milly by Michelle Smith collection has a youthful, luxurious style. Since 2001, Michelle Smith has been designing timeless silhouettes with smart, sexy, feminine flair that satisfy her ever-expanding customer base.

From Smith’s lifelong love of fashion, Milly has become known for exquisite prints and colors, luxurious fabrics, and attention to detail. Sophisticated and glamorous, her collections showcase a modern sensibility with a vintage vibe.

Milly Dresses Loved in New York and Beyond
Milly is a favorite of celebrities worldwide, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Beyoncé, and Thandie Newton. The collection is sold at fine specialty and department stores in the U.S. and abroad, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, and Takashimaya.

Introducing Milly Clothes for Kids
This spring, Milly will mark its 10th anniversary with several exciting new projects—the opening of Milly’s flagship boutique on Madison Avenue in New York; the debut of its handbag and fashion-jewelry collections; and “Milly Minis,” clothing for Milly aspirants between the ages of 2 and 7.

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