We are an accessories brand that values people, culture and design. Creating partnerships with skilled artisans across the globe that benefit them and their local communities.
Milieu means: a person's social environment.
Milieu came to life during designer Meredith’s experiences working in commercial textiles dealing with big NZ retailers. Being involved in designing products that were inexpensive and mass-produced from China she felt inspired to make her own label that had a bigger purpose and that genuinely impacted peoples lives in a positive way.
After spending lots of time thinking and dreaming about what her first brand would be or look like she saw a video online talking about textiles made by Mayan tribes in South America. The documentary revealed how this art form that dates back hundred of years was potentially being lost. The beautiful craft and designs of the tribes people were and still are being appropriated by large corporations. None of the money made from this was ever making it back to the communities of people who essentially had invented these patterns and techniques.
Meredith saw an opportunity to create a brand that not only has beautiful unique products but also focused on promoting and encouraging crafts form different indigenous cultures all over the world. Her colourful accessories brand is vibrant in colour and design. She has sourced and worked tirelessly with the Mayan people to bring you high quality items all the way from Guatemala to New Zealand.
We hope you love our cause and products as much as we do.