Long before the word brand entered the public consciousness, names like Dior and Halston were everyday talk in our house as simply vendors. Yet, my dad was a down-to-earth guy who did his best to keep our lives centered on family. Founded in 1899 and with retail stores spanning many US cities — New York, Miami, Cleveland and, Detroit — Milgrim has a been cited for innovations in fashion, advertising, and merchandising. Couture garments and accessories baring the label are held in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, including the FLOTUS inaugural gowns of Grace Coolidge and Eleanor Roosevelt. The last Milgrim retail store closed in the 1980's, but my earliest inspiration comes from seeing my fathers efforts to keep the business going during changing times. Although I didn't inherit the shops, I did inherit an innate sense of market trends, aesthetics and craft, along with a desire to help brands and/or businesses prosper through bold and elegant design.

PHOTO: Eleanor Roosevelt in her inaugural gown. ©Getty Images
ABOVE: Wedding Ensemble Made Of Silk, Cotton, Glass Beads And Wax - Made By Milgrim (1927-1990) - American c.1928 - The Metropolitan Museum Of Art 
My Grandfather Irving (above) with FLOTUS Eleanor Roosevelt.