Milly is a fashion brand founded by Michelle Smith in 2001; she transforms a classic silhouette American with sportswear influences and a Parisian atelier technique. Smith earned a scholarship to Moore College of Art and Design to study fashion illustration. She later studied at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. Smith worked at the Hermès boutique in Manhattan. Upon graduation, she wrote to the President of Hermès requesting an internship at the Paris headquarters. Her request was granted, making Michelle Smith, the first American Hermès employee sent to work in Paris with the fashion house. While in Paris, Smith continued her studies at ESMOD design school, while interning at Louis Vuitton, Torrente and Christian Dior Haute Couture. Smith returned home to New York three years later, intent on establishing her own design business, and founded MILLY.