We had the good fortune of connecting with Mildred “Millie” LeJeune and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mildred “Millie”, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson I’ve learned while being in the clothing business is that you should always work hard and work hard when things are going well. But work harder when things are not, especially during the pandemic, trust the process, and go back to the drawing board to grab others’ attention, and what makes my business Millie’s Miracles stand out from other brands.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As you guys know, I am the Chief Executive Officer of The Millie’s Miracles Clothing Line LLC. I am oh so proud of this line because of how far it’s coming. When I first started, it got to a point where I wanted to give up, but I persevered and learned very quickly that success doesn’t come overnight and that you have to work for the life you want to go after. When I first started Millie’s Miracles, it was hard to launch this line as a sixteen-year-old and still in high school taking college courses as a senior. I was involved in school and my home church. I play Basketball and Golf my senior year at Tucker High School (alma mater). I am my Class Representative for my senior class and singing with Teen Contagious at my home church, The dReam Center Church of Atlanta, under Bishop William H. Murphy III’s leadership. So trying to manage school and my line was a struggle. Finding a vendor in Atlanta isn’t hard, but it can be tricky if you are not careful. With that said, I did launch my line original on October 21, 2019, but being that I was a struggle, I took a pause on my line and relaunched it on February 12, 2020. Ever since February, the business has been fantastic. I dropped my summer line with over ten new designs, which was the best thing I did for this line. Those are some challenges I beat, so I’m looking forward to seeing what this company offers. At everything I do for Millie’s Miracles, I do it to the best of my abilities with love and care because at the end of the day. I’m trying to create a legacy for my generation to let them know it doesn’t matter where you come from or your circumstances. You can do anything you put your mind to as long you have the right mindset and write it down; it can turn into reality.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to the Atlanta Beltine or my favorite place Atlantic Stations because those two locations is in the city and have strips of different food options and vendors to shop and you can also go for a nice walk.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shoutout to Rodney Iler, our branding manager; a lot of the time, I feel like he’s overlooked in this company only because he’s behind the scenes with everything. But Rodney is the person that makes my designs come to life and is the person that posts on social media and is also overall the graphics you guys see. So Rodney, thank you for being pure since day one, even being there for me in every storm; we may be young running this business, but I see us going global in the next year, so keep doing what you’re doing and let’s be great at what we do!
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