01 May BKLYNER: Industry City Maker Spotlight: Malia Mills
Four years ago, fashion designer Malia Mills moved her studio from the garment center in Manhattan to Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She’d been in Manhattan since beginning the business in her apartment in 1993 in between nights waitressing at the Odeon.
The move certainly wasn’t something she saw coming.
“I was definitely that person who thought the world ended at the Brooklyn Bridge,” she told us on a recent visit to her studio. “A friend of mine had a studio on one of the other buildings on 34th Street. And it was his holiday party and we roll up and I was like, ‘Where am I? This is the most incredible space I’ve ever been in!’ Our lease was coming due and we were basically looking at second-floor backside. Suddenly, I came out here and it was another eureka moment.”