malia mills: a brief 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 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.

2008 malia mills inducted into the council of fashion designers (cfda).

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 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.