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When I shop thrift stores and second hand now, I always look for Made in USA first! I’ve also been looking for more prints to add to what’s starting to look like a very solid colored wardrobe. So when I came across a top by Robert P. Miller, a brand I hadn’t heard of before but was made in the USA, I was very intrigued. I brought the striped top home with me, and began to research on the internet who Robert P. Miller was – when I came across this interesting article with an equally interesting timeline
//August 12, 2010: Party Foul
Former investment banker Nancy Gibson and fashion designer Jennifer Murrayare at a party on Fire Island, New York—and are both wearing Robert P. Miller shirts from Opening Ceremony. Awkward. Then, opportunity: They stay up all night envisioning a new brand. “When I worked on Wall Street, I specialized in distressed assets,” says Gibson. “So I’m always trying to find overlooked value.”
//August 24, 2010: A New Name
The women throw together an “inspiration book” for a line named after Robert P. Miller’s imaginary kid sister (whom they name Edith because they like its antique sound). Then they road-trip down to Pennsylvania and get the Mohnton mill on board.
//September 5, 2010: Edith Debuts
Murray’s boss, Maryam Nassirzadeh, runs a showroom for fashion buyers and tells Murray she can show the Edith A. Miller line during Fashion Week if she has samples ready. Furious scrambling ensues. After viewing the collection, 24 stores place orders.
//Fall 2011: Sell, Baby, Sell
Now in its second season, Edith A. Miller can be found in 70 stores, including all 27 Barneys and five J.Crew flagships. “The big stores wanted to see if we could evolve over time,” Murray says. “Now they know we’re a brand they can grow with.”
And so my Robert P. Miller top lead me down a rabbit hole that sent me right to Edith A. Miller, which I then saw stocked at the Steven Alan store, and then popping up on the Shopbop site! I’m falling in love with stripes again!
Photos by Libby Gray
So many stripes, so little time.