Lara Miller: True Story of a Fashion Line Launch
Lara Miller started her women's clothing business in 2005. Her sophisticated, symmetrical designs are now sold in more than 50 stores around the world. But she faced plenty of ups and downs along the way.
Full Story Everything from how Lara Miller oversees daily operations at her clothing line, to her greatest entrepreneurial rewards.
Competition Lara Miller shares resources with other eco-friendly designers in Chicago, and competes on a global level.
To-Do Lists Lara Miller doesn't always find time to knock everything off her list, like bookkeeping and projections.
Validation It's still a surprise when Lara Miller spots someone dressed in one of her garments.
Escape Lara Miller jogs and visits the beach to relax from the pressures of her hectic work schedule.
Mentors The eco-friendly fashionista says she could not have launched her business on her own.
Inspiration Lara Miller's creative inspiration comes from architecture, Russian dolls, and Mexican textiles.
Character "I'm happy-go-lucky, and I'm ambitious."
Failure Lara Miller rolls with the punches, even when mishaps are outside her control.
Addiction The designer likes to talk to other business owners who share her drive.
Lessons With positive feedback about her clothing line, designer Lara Miller thought business was going strong. Then she checked the books.
Workshop A tour of a cooperative design workspace, where Lara Miller is executive director.
Sleep The Chicago designer talks about what the day-to-day entrepreneur lifestyle really entails, including the upside.
Product Lara Miller says the reward is when she sees people wearing her designs.
Operations "Can I just be the creative director of my company, please somebody rescue me."
Grind How Lara Miller runs her clothing line, from Excel spreadsheets to fashion design.
Hustle Even through the economic crisis, she learned from her mistakes and kept up her spirits.
Payoff Trep Life Video | Her brand has gone global, but Lara Miller still finds the most joy the way she started: designing clothes.