Nancy Gibson, 51, is originally from Painesville, Ohio. After Wellesley College Nancy moved to New York City to begin her career on Wall Street. After working for Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch she retired to pursue her interest in visual culture and having more fun. After advising clients on projects in the arts and design she decided to develop projects of her own.
Jennifer Murray, 28, is originally from Encinitas California. She graduated from FIDM in Los Angeles, then went to work at the infamous Maxfield. It was there that she met The News showroom owner, Stella Ishii, who told Jennifer if she was ever interested in moving to New York there would be a place for her. Jennifer was an account executive at The News for nearly three years, representing such collections as Alexander Wang, Shipley and Halmos and Cheap Monday. Always wanting to do creative design projects on the side, she eventually left to start something of her own.
Nancy and Jennifer met in 2009 and hit it off discussing everything from iconic style and individuality to the women who lived it; Georgia O'Keefe, Florence Scovil Shinn, Gertrude Stein and Annie Oakley. Over the summer at an event on Fire Island the two bumped into each other wearing the same stripe-y tee which became the inspiration for Edith A. Miller.
After doing some research the two discovered the shirt they loved so much was produced in an old mill in rural Pennsylvania of 100% American grown and spun cotton.
Edith, a name popular during the era when the mill was built, is the new sister company to the American heritage men’s clothing brand, Robert P. Miller. The clothing and accessories are produced by one of the few remaining historic American knitting mills. With 6 generations of continuous family operation behind it, Edith A. Miller is produced in the same factory that has been in existence for over 100 years in eastern Pennsylvania.
Edith designs are inspired by the great tradition and history of active, independent, and thinking American beauties. The style is a combination of influences that range from Gibson Girls to starlets of early motion pictures and theatre along with the words and fine art created by independent American women of arts and letters from Evelyn Nesbitt to Kate Chopin. Along with these exceptional icons, the collection also taps into the history of American heroines like Susan B. Anthony and Margret Sanger.
Edith A. Miller was created for young-minded women who love and wear classics yet live and dress beyond them.