Hello, I'm Lisa, the designer and founder of Mien.
I started this company in 2015 when I was pregnant with my first child. With a background in apparel design, I was frustrated that there was a lack of good quality clothing on the market that can be worn through pregnancy and beyond. The beautiful, well-made clothing that I typically loved and wore couldn't adapt to my changing body so they were left in the closet, even after I gave birth to my child because their high maintenance care and restricting styles no longer fit my new busy lifestyle.
Knowing something had to change, I created my first collection with just four styles for women. They were styles that can still fit a woman's body should she wish to become a mama, and designed to be versatile, stylish, and comfortable that any modern busy woman, whether she is a parent or not, would love. Designing with our busy lives in mind, I made sure every piece in my line was not only well-made, but also pre-shrunk, machine washable and dryable, and wrinkle resistant. The collection took off and grew from there.
This company is a huge part of my life. When I started, I did virtually every thing myself, from designing, to marketing, to running production, packing/shipping, and admin - all while being a new mom, Fortunately, over the years the company has grown and I now have the help from a small team of amazing women to help with all things so I can focus on design and production. My team is like family to me and I am grateful that I'm surrounded by people that support me and that my work gives me a sense of purpose and great joy everyday.
I graduated with a fine art degree from the University of California, San Diego. Professionally, I've worked as a designer in the L.A. apparel industry for over a decade designing for established brands and startups. Art and good design drive everything I do but I find inspiration for my work as a clothing designer from what serves women like us in our day-to-day life. I want to create timeless styles that my customers will truly love to wear.
I live in Long Beach, California, with my husband, our son, and our west highland terrier, Winston. Long Beach is just 20 minutes away from L.A. where Mien is produced so that makes it easy for me to visit the factories and be there every step of the way. We live in a small house built in the 50s that we're in the process of fixing up. In spring of 2020, I'll be a mama of two. We lead a simple life and although parenting and work keep us very busy, we have the luck of having family close by and many friends also living in the same town and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I'm an introvert by nature but through business ownership, I've learned to speak my mind and really take a stand in what I believe in. Outside of work, I love to cook, have friends and family over (I love a full house), take my son on outings, and if we're lucky, have a nice dinner somewhere with my husband.