Mi Jong Lee
EMMELLE is a womenswear collection designed and produced in New York. The collection is defined by a timeless aesthetic with an artistic perspective, focusing on premium quality and unique fabrications from Europe and Japan. The name EMMELLE originates from Mi Jong Lee’s initials, ‘M. L.’
Mi Jong Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea. During her childhood, Lee traveled the world following her father’s diplomatic career, and lived in diverse places such as Spain, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mi Jong graduated from Cornell University with honors in Sociology, but afterward followed her creative inclinations to study at Parsons The New School for Design. In 1982 Lee opened a retail store named Emmelle, building a dedicated customer base with her distinct style of understated elegance. A second retail store followed in 1989, and in 2007 Emmelle launched a wholesale division, and is now sold in over 65 specialty stores across the US.
Mi Jong’s work is deeply influenced by art, architecture and culture. Silhouettes are clean yet distinctive, reflecting the individuality and strength of the EMMELLE woman. Lee is also dedicated to exceptional quality and preserving the traditions of New York’s garment district; every EMMELLE collection is designed and hand made in New York.