Inspired By Issue No. 6 - Melinda Huff, Designer/Owner of Mirame Swim

I met Melinda at a swim pop-up shop I attended in May. We shared a space for 3 days and quickly got to chatting. Melinda is the owner of Mirame Swimwear - a collection of fully supportive swimwear for women. She seeks to empower women one bathing suit at a time by offering silhouettes that are both fashion forward and sophisticated.  Mirame is committed to manufacturing 100% of their swimwear in the USA.  In addition a large portion of the components of Mirame suits are sourced from family owned, American made suppliers.  Fashion for now, and a healthy world into the future is Mirame's mission.

1. Tell us about yourself and your background.

I'm a very free-spirited person who has done a lot of things. I grew up in a trilingual household with lots of cultural influences. I like to think that that this experience gave me a thirst and curiosity about people and the world. That brought me to travel to such for a places as west Africa and South America. I've always loved exploring art and fashion in these different areas. Different points of view inform when I create. I like to think about the universal wants and needs of women.

2. What brought you to a career in Fashion and what keeps you there?

I love fashion I'm enamored by it. When I see interesting designs I get the chills. It has always been that way. Both my grandmothers immigrated to the US and got jobs in factories. They are really the ones who taught me how to sew because they were always doing it. I also had an eclectic style and could not find any clothes I liked. So I learned how to make them.

3. What are some of the primary challenges/obstacles that you face as the owner of your own Swimwear Brand?

Having your voice heard in the marketplace is a bit difficult as a small, niche brand. The market is very saturated with the big guns so you have to find unique ways to put yourself out there. You also have to find a space in the marketplace that is not being filled, and create a beautiful, quality, product that can fill that space.

4. If you could restart your career, what would you change?

I would study business and then fashion.

5. How do you approach work life and personal life balance?

To be honest I have no work / life balance. I work on my business way too much, but I also love it, so it doesn't feel like work. I'm also a mom, but thankfully I have extended family around to help me out.

6. Tell us one tip that you would give a young woman who is trying to advance in her career?

Be confident and don't be afraid to use your voice.

7. Anything else you would like to share?

Sounds so cliché but never give up on your dream.

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