BG Stories: Milly’s Michelle Smith
This photo captures my BG moment: I was 24 and looking for my first job as an assistant designer in NYC — I was enthralled by the quintessential New York chic of Bergdorf Goodman.
3 years later, my collection debuted at Bergdorf Goodman. Words cannot describe the thrill.
— Michelle Smith, Founder and Designer, Milly
With an avid interest in European fashion and luxury goods, Milly designer Michelle Smith interned at Hermes in Paris after attending New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. While in Paris, Smith also studied at the prestigious ESMOD International Fashion University and interned at Louis Vuitton, Torrente, and Christian Dior. In 2001, Smith returned to New York to launch Milly, which is known for exquisite prints, fabrics, and a modern sensibility with a vintage vibe.