Long before the word brand entered the public consciousness, names like Dior and Halston were everyday talk in our house as vendors. Yet, my dad was a down-to-earth guy who did his best to keep our lives centered on family. Founded in 1899, with retail stores spanning major US cities — Milgrim has a been cited for a number of innovations in fashion, merchandising, and advertising. Couture garments and accessories with the label are held in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, including the FLOTUS inaugural gowns of Eleanor Roosevelt and Grace Coolidge. Milgrim retail stores closed in the 1980's, but my earliest inspiration comes from merchandising the stores from the time I could stand, and seeing my fathers efforts during changing times. Although I didn't inherit the brick and mortar stores, I inherited an innate sense of market trends, aesthetics, and craft, along with a desire to help brands 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.