New York, NY
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Michael Miller was born in the spring of 1999 as the brainchild of Michael Steiner and Kathy Miller. Two parents brought together not by love and marriage, but solely by professional respect for each others' abilities. By leveraging their lives for a loan, borrowing money from family and living on credit cards, Michael and Kathy were able to give birth to a start-up fabric company, Michael Miller Fabrics.
The first year in business proved to be just as hard as raising a newborn. There were many long days and many sleepless nights. As a result of limited funds, Michael and Kathy were unable to afford the high rent of a Manhattan office space. Michael's apartment provided them with the initial space they needed. Kathy spent long days in the kitchen which served as a design studio while Michael spearheaded production and sales in the dining room.
As time went on, the company grew to a team of 30 people and moved to a home of its own in New York City.