Hello, I'm Lisa Hsieh, the designer of Mien.
I design each and every style in my collection and work hand-in-hand with the best artisans in Los Angeles to cut and sew my designs. At the moment, Mien is a one-woman-show but I enjoy it. I handle the website design, graphic design, social media, marketing, product listing photography, and almost everything else in between. When you place an order, I am also the one that packs, ships and answers any questions for every single order. I appreciate every purchase that comes through, whether it's here on Mien's website or in person at one of the curated craft fairs I take part in. You help make all of this possible.
After I graduated university with a fine art degree, I worked professionally as an apparel designer in the L.A. apparel industry for several premium brands. I've been a designer for more than a decade now, with a few years in between working as a residential interior designer. When I launched this clothing line in 2015, I was also expecting my first child. Running around Los Angeles to take my designs from sample to production while heavily pregnant was an experience I'll never forget. In a way, my son Grey was there with me from the very beginning when I started this line. Naturally, he has also become my biggest source of inspiration. Soon after he arrived, I tried to run my new business and take care of him at the same time. It was a daunting challenge every day and I was overwhelmed, so I decided to take a year off and dedicate my time to raising him. Fast forward one year, motherhood and new friendships have inspired new perspectives, inspiration, and a brand new design direction for my line.
Like all other busy moms, I look for clothes that are comfortable, beautiful, and well-made for myself and my child. We are overwhelmed with responsibilities everyday and there is little time for most of us to try and find thoughtfully made clothes for ourselves and our children. We also have become more conscious of leaving a healthy planet behind so Mien is taking steps to use only sustainable fabrics to make our clothes. With Mien, you and little ones can quickly put yourselves together in the morning and get started on your day while feeling good about your purchase.
Finally, Mien's designs are proudly made in Los Angeles. Having the manufacturing of Mien's designs close by the studio means I can be there every step of the way. Keeping the entire design to manufacturing process here in California comes at a cost, but this ensures that my small business is helping local workers earn a fair wage in a clean and safe working environment and that's important to me. California has also one of the most stringent environmental protection guidelines for manufacturers in the country so the extra bit of money we all spend to buy Made in USA is well worth it, not just for our local communities but for our future generations as well. I invite you to keep in touch and follow my journey on Mien's Instagram @mienstudios. I am thrilled to have you along for the ride as this line and its community of like-minded women grow. My ears and heart are open for any feedback or suggestions you may have.
Thank you for being here from the start.