Clothing Designer: Trudy Miller

Can you tell us something about your line?
I design extremely comfortable clothes that make women look and feel fabulous – regardless of age, size or phase in their body cycle.  All pieces in the collection are customizable to flatter individual body shape, and allow for personal expression.

My favorite new way to describe them is “sporty and elegant”.  (That’s the feedback our dear Carolyn Agis is getting when she wears my clothes – and it makes me so happy.)

What inspired you to produce your products and how did you get started?
Women’s bodies are constantly fluctuating – and on a regular cycle at that.  However, most clothes aren’t designed to acknowledge that.  I believe this is one of the primary reasons why negative body image is so prevalent among women, and why we tend to have overstuffed closets with things that fit us ‘sometimes’.

My moment of Divine Design Discontent came to me in a fitting room.  The clothes were telling me that my body was somehow wrong – even though I was fine with it before I walked in there.  I believe the muffin top epidemic/phenomenon was also in full swing.   That’s when I had enough – and decided to take matters into my own hands.

How did you come by your yoga practice?
My yoga practice is extremely varied – I like to mix it up. Initially I came into practice through Eve Holbrook, a truly gifted teacher. I was astounded by the depth of precision in her knowledge of the body, and how yoga put me in direct contact with parts of my physicality that I had never engaged before.

What is unique about your products that you know we will all love?
The garments provide near seamless transitions from hot to cold, day to evening, smart to sexy, pregnant to breastfeeding, etc. (I’ve been told they even perform very well during hot flashes!) My architectural design clients are happy with their spaces for similar reasons.  They are fully equipped to flow easily through their spaces and activities, unencumbered by the superfluous.

About Trudy
For Trudy Miller, architectural design is the multi-disciplinary practice of creating products and environments that do more with less.  From clothing and accessories to furniture and interiors, her primary focus is on surprising and delighting her clients with more than they imagined possible. Trained as an architect via CCNY and UC Berkeley respectively, Trudy has been committed to teaching about environmental sustainability to a wide variety of audiences.  She has taught at Parsons the New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, and California College of the Arts. Trudy also teaches and mentors high school students through the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s DesignPrep Scholars Program. For well over a decade, Trudy has been massaging her design practice and service model to illustrate a whole systems approach towards lifestyle design.  In early 2016, Trudy will launch – A Wellness Concierge Team that helps people make big and small changes to improve the quality of their daily lives; under the theme Find Your Flow in 2016, Trudy and Team Solutionista will offer lifestyle improvement services in the following categories:  Love Your Body, Love Your Space, Love Your Life


Yogawear Designer: Kelly Hsiung of Modern Yogi

Can you tell us something about your line?
Modern Yogi is a contemporary activewear line for yoga practitioners who value comfort and quality in their practice wear without compromising style. Each piece is mindfully designed to provide the support needed in body-flattering silhouettes. All products are Made in the U.S.A.

What inspired you to produce your products and how did you get started?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved color, design, fashion and the arts. My other love is yoga. I’ve been practicing yoga for 9 years and became a yoga teacher in 2011. I had an “aha” moment one day when it became apparent to combine my two passions: yoga and fashion.

How did you come by your yoga practice and how is it related to your line?
I used to be easy for me to get very light headed and overheated during the hot summer days in NY. I picked up Bikram yoga to overcome the heat.

What is unique about your products that you know we will all love?
I’m a thoughtful designer. I add unique touches to my designs.  For instance, on my men’s Power shorts, I designed a stretchy 4-way gusset at the base that provides extra mobility for postures like Triangle pose. When designing the Unishort for women’s, I made sure the straps on this piece were adjustable so this style can fit many different body types.

About Kelly
Kelly Hsiung is a yogi, entrepreneur and New Yorker. Driven by the love of yoga, fashion and wellness, Kelly combined the things she’s most passionate about and founded Modern Yogi. She is a certified yoga teacher with a background in Retail Marketing and a degree in Business Administration and Art. Kelly has a meticulous eye for design details and is obsessed with creating apparel that empower her fellow yogis.