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Mien Kielo

We are a new clothing line focusing on well-crafted, flattering clothes w/ custom prints & embroidery for the modern 20/30 something woman.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Fashion
  • Location New York City, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2012
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

Mien Kielo was created by best friends Jess Hammond & Katie Lerch for successful, creative women looking for something new. Combining specially designed prints & hand-worked details, we are defined by a respect for craftsmanship and natural beauty. It's designers aim to create unique clothes that remain simple, have clean lines & are 100% wearable. Mien Kielo is about wearable beauty.


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    Jess Laakso Hammond
    Designer / Co-Founder

    Jess Laakso Hammond graduated from RISD in '05 with a BA in Apparel Design and from Istituto Marangoni, Milan with a Master's in Fashion. After working with designers in Italy, she returned to the US and got a job as graphic designer and stylist at La Garconne. Wanting to pursue her true passion for apparel design, she teamed up with longtime friend Katie Lerch to create a new line for women similar to herself, which became a reality for SS13.

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    Katie Lerch
    Asst. Designer / Co-Founder

    Katie Lerch graduated with majors in Art & Math at Skidmore college. Since '06, she has been working in the Online and Mobile Marketing industry. Interested in more entrepreneurial pursuits and in need of a creative outlet, she teamed up with longtime friend Jess Hammond to start Mien Kielo. Katie contributes her eye for design to help create the textile patterns and color story for each collection, in addition to running all finances.


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    Bret Rodysill / WSMB Law

Previous Investors

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    Carsten Thoma / Hybris