Lara’s pieces have been called “sultry, sophisticated, and as endlessly variable as the woman who wears them” by elle.com.
Born and raised in Chicago, Lara Miller’s work is strongly influenced by the city’s architectural and cultural landscape. Ecological sensitivity and fascination with both the built and moving form flow through each piece. Her modular designs are created with a playful geometry that connects to the personalities of the women who wear them. Both joyous and sophisticated, Lara’s work has attracted international acclaim.
Since exhibiting her student work as a “Featured Artist” at the Chicago boutique p.45 in the fall of 2002, Lara has made repeat appearances in GenArt’s Fresh Faces as well as the Macy’s on State Chicago Designer Shop. She has been named “Top 40 Under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business as well as “Indie Designer of the Year” by Chicago Magazine.
As Chicago Magazine Green Award Honoree and an Ecco Domani semi-finalist, Lara’s work has been featured on Elle.com, DailyCandy.com, The Today Show, the CBS Evening News, and in publications such as Italian Vogue, Marie Claire, W, Vanity Fair, Cookie, Lucky Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WWD, and Newsweek, among many others.
As a Lexus Hybrid Living Sustainable Partner, Lara participates in a number of events showcasing her garments while promoting environmental awareness. The most recent event was hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to support the Waterkeepers Alliance. Lara also appeared on the Sundance Channel’s “Big Ideas for a Small Planet” as a spokesperson for the Lexus Hybrid Living program. Her work has been gifted to a number of celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Gyllenhaall, Marion Cotillard, and Angelina Jolie.
In addition to designing her eponymous label, Lara is the Co-Founder and Curatorial Director of Purely Fashion, www.purelyapp.com, an invite-only mobile application that gives consumers the opportunity to connect to designers.
Lara served as the Executive Director of the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) at Macy’s on State Street from March 2009 to March 2012. Lara continues to consult with designers to help them find fashion business resources as they launch and grow their companies. A crafter and maker at heart, Lara has also lead fashion workshops in illustration, knitting, dying, and design, for students both young and old.
A founding member, Lara sits on The Mayor’s Fashion Council, where as the chair of the business development committee and the former chair of the resources committee, she helps support and promote fashion designers living and working in Chicago.