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Bud Konheim and Nicole Miller have created a fashion genre

Prepare for perpetual problems

Nicole Miller in La Jolla

Nicole with three Of her NYC women visit a favorite shop in La Jolla.

New York, NY:  Go behind the scenes of Nicole Miller, a fashion house on Seventh Avenue to meet the founders, Nicole Miller and Bud Konheim.  In an industry where even top designers have taken production overseas, Nicole Miller pieces all proudly wear the label, "Made in New York."

It's a stroke of genius for these times, but the reasons go far beyond patriotism. For Nicole Miller, it's all rooted in the fabric of the American entrepreneurial dream: pride of idea, of process, and of execution.

This is the heart of New York City and American capitalism
. Amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Manhattan, creativity and community are thriving in the offices of Nicole Miller. Around the design table, ideas are exchanged and debated, fabrics selected, patterns modified, and the season's lines born as part of a collaborative process.

It's the very fabric of global commerce being created seamlessly from the designer, to the pattern maker, to the draper and on to the seamstress who turns the fabric into much sought-after Nicole Miller designs. And at the very core, the common thread throughout, is an unfailing commitment to the partnership and relationships-with employees, suppliers, resellers and, of course, customers.

Nicole Miller is a firm producing happiness
where people want to work creating beautiful fashion that people want to buy. Though they have celebrity customers like Jennifer Aniston, Kim Cattrall, Hillary Duff and Mena Suvari, they also have people like Hattie and women of every size and personality.

Nicole, Bud, and their spirited team have their hand on the pulse of women. While they earn a living helping women feel happy, they work for no money on causes important to women.

Sell Happiness

2:46 | Play Now | Nicole Miller built a very successful business selling happiness through her youthful clothing designs for women.

Be Willing to Buck the System

2:56 | Play Now | Co-founder Bud Konheim says that a customer's happiness correlates with the price they must pay for your goods or services. 

Feed And Trust Your Instincts

1:49 | Play Now | Nicole Miller's inspiration starts big and works its way into every detail of her seasonal line.

Make It At Home

1:05 | Play Now | From design to manufacture, the Nicole Miller collection is made right in New York City.

Create A Win-Win

2:31 | Play Now | Nicole Miller's designs and Bud Konheim's sales skills helped  build a profitable division of a conglomerate which they "bought out"  to create their own business. Be sure to study the transcript.

Stumble Into Millions

1:07 | Play Now | By making her luck, Nicole Miller launched a very successful tie collection for men which led to her handbags, eye glass cases, socks and other novelty items.

Break With Tradition

1:14 | Play Now | When they were trying to grow their business, Nicole and Bud dropped out of expensive runway shows and hit a home run with an alternative marketing plan.

Form A Partnership

1:53 | Play Now | Host Hattie Bryant says a partnership is a strategy to consider if you need to complement your own skills with something you lack.

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Develop Multiple Sales Channels

1:34 | Play Now | Nicole Miller products are sold in her namesake shops, department stores and through special licensing agreement with other companies.

Promote From Within

2:56 | Play Now | Design students line up to intern at Nicole Miller because it is an exciting place to learn how the fashion industry really works.

Make Your Organization Chart A Circle

2:46 | Play Now | To owner, Bud Konheim, Nicole Miller is is an ideas-driven company and all ideas can be valuable.


Prepare For Perpetual Problems

2:08 | Play Now | Nicole Miller and Bud Konheim have taken a company from an idea to over $130 million in annual sales and they warn us all that it never gets easy.