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love thy differences

when we stop trying to change the way we look and we embrace, celebrate, love thy differences, we liberate ourselves to lead bold and not so well-behaved lives.

in 1993, we set out to redefine what a swimsuit could be and how it could make us feel.
our idea was simple - to create a collection of stand-alone bra-sized swimwear separates
engineered with the precise fit of lingerie and cut from colors, textures and prints like the clothes in our closet.

when you put on a swimsuit that celebrates the rockstar you are,
there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.

today, our collection includes bra-sized tops from AA to E cup and
bottoms and maillots in sizes 1- 16 as well as ready-to-wear
and accessories dedicated to the feminine fierce.

learn more about our love thy differences mantra here



 

 

 

our mission
when we stop trying to change the way we look and we embrace, celebrate, love thy differences, we liberate ourselves to lead bold and not so well-behaved lives.

n 1993, we set out to redefine what a swimsuit could be and how it could make us feel. our idea was simple - to create a collection of stand-alone bra-sized swimwear separates engineered with the precise fit of lingerie and cut from colors, textures and prints like the clothes in our closet. when you put on a swimsuit that celebrates the rockstar you are, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish. today, our collection includes bra-sized tops from AA to E cup and bottoms and maillots in sizes 1- 16 as well as ready-to-wear and accessories dedicated to the feminine fierce.

learn more about our love thy differences mantra here





hell yes

let's swap ideas, share knowledge, partner for charitable causes... and more.

well behaved bikinis seldom make history shindigs
we open our doors to connect diverse groups of women to celebrate the hell yes spirit! at our soirees, we unveil new styles, host fit seminars, salute a new season, introduce the work of other women we love... sometimes we just feel the need to raise a glass.

sign up here to receive our chi-mails where we announce these events.

shop + give events
our stores are meeting
places, watering holes, community centers... gather a group of equally inspired women and partner with us to raise money for your favorite organization or school.
no purchase necessary - malia says “give mm a try and for every fitting in our super fresh cabanas we’ll donate $5 - win/win!”

to partner with us please email caitlin@maliamills.com

carpe revolution seminars
we’re passionate about expanding educational opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. join us as we open up our stores and studio to be a catalyst for sharing, mentoring, learning.

team mm and small groups of women and girls gather to share personal stories to mobilize the next generation and to champion future female leaders, one gal at a time. if you would like to attend or speak, teach or host an organization at a carpe revolution seminar please email caitlin@maliamills.com.

hell yes
let's get together to swap ideas, share knowledge, partner for charitable causes... and more.

well behaved bikinis seldom make history shindigs
we open our doors to connect diverse groups of women to celebrate the hell yes spirit! at our soirees, we unveil new styles, host fit seminars, salute a new season, introduce the work of other women we love... sometimes we just feel the need to raise a glass.
sign up here to receive our chi-mails where we announce these events.

shop + give events
our stores are more than stores -- they’re meeting places, watering holes, and community centers. gather a group of
equally inspired women and partner with us
to raise money for your favorite organization
or school. no purchase necessary
- malia says “give mm a try and for
every fitting in our super fresh
cabanas we’ll donate $5 - win/win!”

to partner with us please email
caitlin@maliamills.com

carpe revolution seminars
we’re passionate about expanding educational
opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. join us as we open up our stores and studio to be a catalyst for sharing, mentoring, learning. team mm and small groups of women and girls gather to share personal stories to mobilize the next generation and to champion future female leaders, one gal at a time. if you would like to attend or speak, teach or host an organization at a carpe revolution seminar please email caitlin@maliamills.com.


give good chi retreat
join us for feminism in action 2018.
reserve your spot at our give good chi retreat
where members of team mm and a group of mavens,
friends and family will partner with local non-profits
to volunteer, mentor and teach young women in disadvantaged communities across america.

email caitlin@maliamills.com to stay up to date as we finalize the when, where and how.



team mm

malia mills is by women, for women and about women - a self-financed, independent, sister-owned small business. in our stores and studio combined we are 35 powerhouse gals and frank, our cutter.

small business is the engine of communities, cities, states and countries around the globe. we couldn’t have gotten our business off the ground without the support of so many - including local suppliers, vendors and factories.

we pour a ton of love into each step of the process and we are incredibly proud that our damn fine goods are designed, made and sold by damn fine folks across america.

studio + headquarters
in 2014 we moved from the garment center in the heart of manhattan to industry city in sunset park, brooklyn. we’re lucky to have a ton of space, diverse neighboring businesses and sunsets to die for. this is our headquarters, where we collaborate to create a dynamic company with shared goals:
 to pioneer an inspiring and inclusive voice on the subject of women and beauty,
to build our business to be a catalyst for opportunities for women and girls,
to coach each other to reach our greatest potential, to celebrate our mavens, to champion future female leaders, one gal at a time. hell yes!

 

lovingly
made in

america


new york + new jersey... we are incredibly proud to cut and sew all of our swimwear and our ready to wear in america. each piece is crafted in our local communities by multiple generations of families working together -- women and men who specialize in working with their hands and hearts to spread, cut, fold, sew and hand finish each style with love. they have a magic touch for which we are very grateful.

we are big fans of vivienne westwood’s buy less, choose well, make it last mantra. since 1993,  our small batch luxury has been a celebration of quality over quantity. and for over 20 years our malia mills mavens have supported our efforts and all of our communities. thank you! and thank you for inspiring us to create damn fine goodies made by damn fine folks.

team mm
malia mills is by women, for women and about women - a self-financed, independent, sister-owned small business. in our stores and studio combined we are 35
powerhouse gals and frank, our cutter. small business is the engine of communities, cities, states and countries around the globe. we couldn’t have gotten our business off the ground without the support of so many - including local suppliers, vendors and factories. we pour a ton of love into each step of the process and we are incredibly proud that our damn fine goods are designed, made and sold by damn fine folks across america




 

 

 

malia mills bio

for over twenty five years, team malia mills has pioneered an inclusive and inspiring voice on the subject of women and beauty. in 1993, mills launched her luxurious collection of bra-sized swimwear separates to critical acclaim:


“when malia mills started her swimwear business
she started a veritable body image revolution.”
—vogue.



mills started dyeing fabric, making patterns and sewing swimwear out of her apartment in downtown new york city by day while waitressing at the odeon at night. “new york is an incredible place to start a business -- everyone here has tons of hustle and is ready to pitch in. we’re a bootstrapped business but i was fortunate to have had tons of help since day one.” today, mills runs the business with her sister carol mills, a team of 35 women and frank, the cutter.

in 2005, the company won a first place award for business success, entrepreneurial success and contribution to success for women within new york city from the new york city commission on women’s issues. mills attests,
“when you put on a swimsuit that celebrates the rockstar
you are, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.”

studio + headquarters
in 2014 we moved from the garment center in the heart of manhattan
to industry city in sunset park, brooklyn. we’re lucky to have a ton of space, diverse neighboring businesses and sunsets to die for. this is our headquarters, where we collaborate to create a dynamic company with shared goals: to pioneer an inspiring and inclusive voice on the subject of women and beauty, to build our business to be a catalyst for opportunities for women and girls, to coach each other to reach our greatest potential, to celebrate our mavensto champion future female leaders, one gal at a time. hell yes!


malia mills bio
for over twenty five years, malia mills has pioneered an inclusive and inspiring voice on the subject of women and beauty in 1993, mills launched her luxurious collection of bra-sized swimwear separates to critical acclaim:

when malia mills started her swimwear business
she started a veritable body image revolution.”
—vogue.

malia mills is passionate about made in america.
the company manufactures its goods in new york, new jersey and california. says mills, “small business is the engine of cities, states, countries, the world. i couldn’t have gotten the business off the ground without the support of so many -- including local suppliers, vendors and factories.”

in 2014, after 15 years in new york city’s garment center,
malia mills moved its headquarters to industry city in sunset park, brooklyn. the move inspired the company to expand the production network they had established in the garment district to include factories in brooklyn and queens.



with love thy differences™ as her mission, mantra and driving force, mills has expanded her signature swimwear collection to include ready-to-wear and accessories sold in ten company owned brick and mortar stores across the us, select specialty stores and online.



malia mills has been celebrated in the news with features in the new york times,
the wall street journal, cnn, vogue, glamour, vanity fair and more.
according to blackbook, “somehow edgy swimwear designer malia mills
managed to refute the notion that bathing suits looked best on rail-thin models,
without losing her positive attitude or alienating anyone (even the glossies) from singing her praises.” mills is a member of the council of fashion designers of america (cfda)
.

malia mills is passionate about made in america.
the company manufactures its goods in new york, new jersey and california. says mills, “small business is the engine of cities, states, countries, the world. I couldn’t have gotten the business off the ground without the support of so many -- including local suppliers, vendors and factories.”

in 2014, after 15 years in new york city’s garment center,
malia mills moved its headquarters to industry city in sunset park, brooklyn. the move inspired the company to expand the production network they had established in the garment district to include factories in brooklyn and queens.


with love thy differences™ as her mission, mantra and driving force, mills has expanded her signature swimwear collection to include ready-to-wear and accessories sold in ten company owned brick and mortar stores across the us, select specialty stores and online.


malia mills has been celebrated in the news with features in the new york times, the wall street journal, cnn, vogue, glamour, vanity fair and more. according to blackbook, “somehow edgy swimwear designer malia mills managed to refute the notion that bathing suits looked best on rail-thin models, without losing her positive attitude or alienating anyone (even the glossies) from singing her praises.” mills is a member of the council of fashion designers of america (cfda).

lovingly made in america
new york, new jersey, california... we are incredibly proud to cut and sew all of our swimwear and the majority of our ready to wear in america. each piece is crafted in our local communities by multiple generations of families working together - women and men who specialize in working with their hands and hearts to spread, cut, fold, sew and hand finish each style with love. they have a magic touch for which we are very grateful.

small business is the engine of our communities,
cities, states and countries around the globe. in 2013, in an effort to support more women and communities we embarked on a program to make beautiful cotton tunics, tops and dresses in india. the world is much, much smaller than when we first started. and we’re lucky to be able to contribute to communities both near and far.


we are big fans of vivienne westwood’s buy less, choose well, make it last mantra. since 1993, our small batch luxury has been a celebration of quality over quantity. and for over 20 years our malia mills mavens have supported our efforts and all of our communities. thank you! and thank you for inspiring us to create damn fine goodies made by damn fine folks.


our history

1966 malia margaret mills born in honolulu, hawaii.

1976 receives first official bikini for christmas
- lemon yellow spandex with yellow plastic rings.

1980 moves to hanover,
new hampshire. shocks the speedo clad lake crowd
with a hot pink surfer girl string bikini cut up to there.

1986 fails first pattern making
assignment at cornell university.

1988 studies fashion design
at la chambre syndicale de la couture
parisienne. meets maryvonne
herzog, designer of custom-made
swimwear in paris

1990 graduates from cornell. drives to california. works as an
assistant designer at jessica mcclintock, inc.

1991 moves to new york city.
gets a waitressing job and launches malia mills swim wear
- a collection of bra sized swimwear separates engineered to
make you feel like a rockstar. her dream? to revolutionize
the swimwear experience - from the way you shop for a swimsuit
to how it’s made and what it’s made of to the way
it fits and the way it all makes you feel.

our history
1966 malia margaret mills born in honolulu, hawaii.

1976 receives first official bikini for christmas
- lemon yellow spandex with yellow plastic rings.

1980 moves to hanover,
new hampshire. shocks the speedo clad lake crowd
with a hot pink surfer girl string bikini cut up to there.

1986 fails first pattern making
assignment at cornell university.

1988 studies fashion design
at la chambre syndicale de la couture
parisienne. meets maryvonne
herzog, designer of custom-made
swimwear in paris

1990 graduates from cornell.
drives to california. works as an assistant designer at jessica mcclintock, inc
.


1991 moves to new york city.
gets a waitressing job and launches malia mills swim wear - a collection of bra sized swimwear separates engineered to make you feel like a rockstar. her dream? to revolutionize
the swimwear experience - from the way you shop for a swimsuit to how it’s made and what it’s made of to the way it fits and the way it all makes you feel.



our history

1966 malia margaret mills born in honolulu, hawaii.

1976 receives first official bikini for christmas
- lemon yellow spandex with yellow plastic rings.

1980 moves to hanover,
new hampshire. shocks the speedo clad lake crowd
with a hot pink surfer girl string bikini cut up to there.

1986 fails first pattern making
assignment at cornell university.

1988 studies fashion design
at la chambre syndicale de la couture
parisienne. meets maryvonne
herzog, designer of custom-made
swimwear in paris

1990 graduates from cornell. drives to california. works as an
assistant designer at jessica mcclintock, inc.

 

1991 moves to new york city.
gets a waitressing job and launches malia mills swim wear
- a collection of bra sized swimwear separates engineered to
make you feel like a rockstar. her dream? to revolutionize
the swimwear experience - from the way you shop for a swimsuit
to how it’s made and what it’s made of to the way
it fits and the way it all makes you feel.

1992 hand dyes stretch woven satin on her stove -
pale pinks and blues, dark browns and greys. cuts and sews swimwear with signature seaming for big drop in soho,
the first store to carry the collection.


1993 sports illustrated swimsuit issue features
kathy ireland wearing a malia mills
long sleeved bikini.


1994 takes on a partner and an investor.
hires an accountant and a lawyer. quits her waitressing job

1995 the home office moves out of the home!
wholesale accounts grow to 100 and malia mills
is now available “worldwide.”
shop for malia mills at bloomingdale’s,
neiman marcus, sak’s fifth avenue,
victoria’s secret, barneys new york, barneys japan, brown’s of
london, harvey nichols, the aman resorts...

1996 news flash! cheetah spotted on
every newsstand. malia mills
bikini graces the cover of the sports
illustrated swimsuit issue.

1997 www.maliamills.com. shop online! malia mills proudly
welcomes american express, visa and mastercard.

1998 malia mills opens flagship boutique! 199 mulberry street in new york city
- put together a swimwear wardrobe and grab other
get-away gear to fill the suitcase of your dreams.

1999 go west! malia mills opens store number two in los angeles.

2000 new millenium- another new store! malia mills
miami opens on collins avenue

2001 malia mills introduces the original just marriedª bridal bikini.
it’s a run-away hit! “mrs. jones” soon follows as malia mills
one-of-a-kind brideª bikini also makes its debut.



our history

1966 malia margaret mills born in honolulu, hawaii.

1976 receives first official bikini for christmas
- lemon yellow spandex with yellow plastic rings.

1980 moves to hanover,
new hampshire. shocks the speedo clad lake crowd
with a hot pink surfer girl string bikini cut up to there.

1986 fails first pattern making
assignment at cornell university.

1988 studies fashion design
at la chambre syndicale de la couture
parisienne. meets maryvonne
herzog, designer of custom-made
swimwear in paris

1990 graduates from cornell. drives to california. works as an
assistant designer at jessica mcclintock, inc.

 

1991 moves to new york city.
gets a waitressing job and launches malia mills swim wear
- a collection of bra sized swimwear separates engineered to
make you feel like a rockstar. her dream? to revolutionize
the swimwear experience - from the way you shop for a swimsuit
to how it’s made and what it’s made of to the way
it fits and the way it all makes you feel.

2002 the bubble bursts. close la store.
close miami store. move to new office
- less space more sun. madonna shops for our
d-mure top and pucker showgirl bottom.
it’s a bright new day at malia mills.

2003 uptown gals get their very own malia mills.
malia mills opens second store in new york city at 960 madison at 75th street!

2004 our upper east side shop moves from madison to lexington and to the ground floor!
visit us at 1015 lexington at 73rd st.


2005 malia mills wins first place award for business success, entrepreneurial success and contribution to success for women within nyc from nyc commission on women’s issues. award ceremony chez gracie mansion. uses prize money to open malia mills at the corner of
columbus and 70th street.


2006 malia mills opens in greenwich, ct at 16
greenwich avenue - shop the top.

2007 malia mills leaves the comfort of the tri-state area.
malia mills chicago opens in mid september at 2050 n. halsted. we are
dangerously close to barneys co-op.

2009 nicest landlord in america, jim rosenfield, holds our hand in the iffy economy
as we open in his brentwood country mart in santa monica.

2010 malia mills weathers the economic storm thanks to all our loyal customers.
we bring the love to three new locations. open larkspur, newport beach and montecito, ca. hell yes!

2011 new year, new borough. malia mills opens its first brooklyn store in boerum hill



our history

1966 malia margaret mills born in honolulu, hawaii.

1976 receives first official bikini for christmas
- lemon yellow spandex with yellow plastic rings.

1980 moves to hanover,
new hampshire. shocks the speedo clad lake crowd
with a hot pink surfer girl string bikini cut up to there.

1986 fails first pattern making
assignment at cornell university.

1988 studies fashion design
at la chambre syndicale de la couture
parisienne. meets maryvonne
herzog, designer of custom-made
swimwear in paris

1990 graduates from cornell. drives to california. works as an
assistant designer at jessica mcclintock, inc.

 

1991 moves to new york city.
gets a waitressing job and launches malia mills swim wear
- a collection of bra sized swimwear separates engineered to
make you feel like a rockstar. her dream? to revolutionize
the swimwear experience - from the way you shop for a swimsuit
to how it’s made and what it’s made of to the way
it fits and the way it all makes you feel.

2012 gorgeous girls, gorgeous get-ups --
watch the video and say hello to our
collection of malia mills ready to wear and say
hello to malia mills los altos, ca.

2013 malia mills lovingly made in new york, new jersey and now haryana, india. one world.

2014 big year, big move! the malia mills studio moves to the industry
city campus in sunset park, brooklyn. insane view!

2015 a, b, c, d, e, f – introducing our fit seminar salons,
email us to sign up.

2016 newnewnew maliamills.com just in time for
what is sure to be an epic summer.

2017 introducing carpe revolution, a series of
educational seminars for
young women and girls that we host in our stores and studio.
join us as we share our brainpower with the next generation
- sign up here to learn more
.


2018 we partner with our production director libby to launch her nonprofit - course of trade, learn more about libby's journey here!



our history

1966 malia margaret mills born in honolulu, hawaii.

1976 receives first official bikini for christmas
- lemon yellow spandex with yellow plastic rings.

1980 moves to hanover,
new hampshire. shocks the speedo clad lake crowd
with a hot pink surfer girl string bikini cut up to there.

1986 fails first pattern making
assignment at cornell university.

1988 studies fashion design
at la chambre syndicale de la couture
parisienne. meets maryvonne
herzog, designer of custom-made
swimwear in paris

1990 graduates from cornell. drives to california. works as an
assistant designer at jessica mcclintock, inc.

 

1991 moves to new york city.
gets a waitressing job and launches malia mills swim wear
- a collection of bra sized swimwear separates engineered to
make you feel like a rockstar. her dream? to revolutionize
the swimwear experience - from the way you shop for a swimsuit
to how it’s made and what it’s made of to the way
it fits and the way it all makes you feel.


1992 hand dyes stretch woven satin on her stove -
pale pinks and blues, dark browns and greys. cuts and sews swimwear with signature seaming for big drop in soho,
the first store to carry the collection.


1993 sports illustrated swimsuit issue features
kathy ireland wearing a malia mills long sleeved bikini.


1994 takes on a partner and an investor.
hires an accountant and a lawyer. quits her waitressing job


1995 the home office moves out of the home!
wholesale accounts grow to 100 and malia mills is now available “worldwide.”
shop for malia mills at bloomingdale’s, neiman marcus, sak’s fifth avenue,
victoria’s secret, barneys new york, barneys japan, brown’s of
london, harvey nichols, the aman resorts...

1996 news flash! cheetah spotted on every newsstand. malia mills
bikini graces the cover of the sports illustrated swimsuit issue.

1997 www.maliamills.com. shop online! malia mills proudly
welcomes american express, visa and mastercard.

1998 malia mills opens flagship boutique! 199 mulberry street in new york city
- put together a swimwear wardrobe and grab other
get-away gear to fill the suitcase of your dreams.

1999 go west! malia mills opens store number two in los angeles.

2000 new millenium- another new store! malia mills miami opens on collins avenue

2001 malia mills introduces the original just marriedª bridal bikini.
it’s a run-away hit! “mrs. jones” soon follows as malia mills
one-of-a-kind brideª bikini also makes its debut.

2002 the bubble bursts. close la store. close miami store. move to new office
- less space more sun. madonna shops for our d-mure top and pucker showgirl bottom.
it’s a bright new day at malia mills.

2003 uptown gals get their very own malia mills.
malia mills opens second store in new york city at 960 madison at 75th street!

2004 our upper east side shop moves from madison to lexington and to the ground floor!
visit us at 1015 lexington at 73rd st.


2005 malia mills wins first place award for business success, entrepreneurial success and contribution to success for women within nyc from nyc commission on women’s issues. award ceremony chez gracie mansion. uses prize money to open
malia mills at the corner of columbus and 70th street.


2006 malia mills opens in greenwich, ct at 16 greenwich avenue - shop the top.

2007 malia mills leaves the comfort of the tri-state area.
malia mills chicago opens in mid september at 2050 n. halsted. we are
dangerously close to barneys co-op.

2009 nicest landlord in america, jim rosenfield, holds our hand in the iffy economy
as we open in his brentwood country mart in santa monica.

2010 malia mills weathers the economic storm thanks to all our loyal customers.
we bring the love to three new locations. open larkspur, newport beach and montecito, ca. hell yes!

2011 new year, new borough. malia mills opens its first brooklyn store in boerum hill

2012 gorgeous girls, gorgeous get-ups -- watch the video and say hello to our
collection of malia mills ready to wear and say hello to malia mills los altos, ca.

2013 malia mills lovingly made in new york, new jersey and now haryana, india. one world


2014 big year, big move! the malia mills studio moves to the industry
city campus in sunset park, brooklyn. insane view!.

2015 a, b, c, d, e, f – introducing our fit seminar salons, email us to sign up.

2016 newnewnew maliamills.com just in time for what is sure to be an epic summer.

2017 introducing carpe revolution, a series of educational seminars for
young women and girls that we host in our stores and studio.
join us as we share our brainpower with the next generation
- sign up here to learn more
.

2018 we partner with our production director libby to launch
her nonprofit - course of trade, learn more about libby's
journey here!

 


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