A Much Needed Catch Up With Designer & Owner, Mia Melin

Sustainable ethical fashion for the modern woman

Hi, for those of you that don't know me, my name is Mia, and I'm the owner and designer of Born Native. 

I started Born Native about five years ago to create classic, sustainable pieces and to educate as many babes as I could on the environmental impact and bad ethics tied to the fast fashion industry.

A lot has happened since. I moved to NYC for two years and experimented with deadstock fabrics and extravagant designs, which was a personal dream while living in the "Big Apple". Towards the end of last year, I felt lost in my brand. Everything was happening too fast, and I sort of lost touch. I admit I was more success-driven than cause hungry.

I've recently moved to LA and feel more at home than ever. I was still extremely overwhelmed by the fast pace needs of the Born Native that was born in NYC. For reference, it's mainly me and a few others helping to run Born Native, and quite frankly, with the move across the country and growing demand, it was all getting too much. 

I needed to take a step back and slow things down - really ask myself what I wanted out of Born Native - to move forward. 

The same question kept coming back to me, "am I doing everything I can do to make a brand that is actually in some way helping to combat fast fashion?" For the past three months, I've been obsessing over the authenticity of my label; how I could restructure and rebrand to achieve my vision. I have decided to trace Born Native back to her original roots - the reason for starting a sustainable and ethical clothing brand - to educate and create awareness around the evil that is fast fashion. 

Going forward, Born Native will be shifting away from corporate-manifested trends towards classic, sustainable pieces that will be a staple in your closet for years to come. I want to design an environmentally conscious, classic wardrobe for all the classic moments of your life.

Also, I intend to be more transparent going forward by inviting you into my life. While I naturally tend to shy away from the spotlight, I want you to understand the person that is behind Born Native.

Lastly, thank you for your continued support! I hope you enjoy and understand the brand shift. If not, that's ok too. Happy 2020! Sending you all the love, light, and laughter life brings in the new year!

Mia

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