Mia grew up in the mid-west and the Rocky Mountains. It was in the mid-west where her father owned and operated a woolen mill. The mill was a multi-generational business, which was in operation for 100 years, closing in 1968. The image of her mother getting dressed in clothing made from fabric that her father had produced had a profound impact on Mia. She began making her own clothing from a very early age. The process of designing and making clothing has been a life-long pursuit of Mia’s.
"While I love making beautiful designer-y clothing, I find myself drawn more and more to the clothes we live our lives in everyday. What keeps me coming back is figuring out how to do that with style and relevance. The conversations I have with women from all walks, sizes, ages and backgrounds goes something like this…who are designers designing for because it isn't really for me…for whatever reason, price, size, lifestyle. I aim to answer that question.
The fabrics I choose are ones that move, and that you can wear everyday. The colors are muted yet have a great textural quality. I know how to fit a woman's body - the styles are body conscious and yet easily flattering on many shapes, and sizes.They have a modern perspective and aesthetic...clothes you feel sexy and pretty in without a lot of fuss."
The clothing is designed and manufactured on Beacon Hill in Seattle, making it a truly local operation. Mia has recently opened a new studio/store front at 3320 Beacon Ave. S in Seattle.
Staying true to the initial ideal, that is, honoring heritage yet remaining relevant to the times, inspires Mia.