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.