July 25th, 2013
Sisters and business partners

Carol and Malia Mills

Carol & Malia Mills

Carol and Malia in Italy, background images from the company’s 20 year history, current swimsuits.

At a dinner party last February I met Carol Mills, sister and business partner of Malia Mills, the swimwear designer. We hit it off immediately and I asked if I could profile her, Malia and the business they have built. Turns out, this year is the 20th anniversary of Malia Mills— with 11 stores in the U.S. and a fantastic line of RTW in addition to the gorgeous and best fitting swimwear ever, the sisters have a lot to celebrate!

Carol’s children in India, vintage Mills photos, while living in Hawaii.

From a large and close-knit family, Carol and Malia make an impressive and hardworking team. Not only do they have a tremendously respectful business relationship, but their respect and compassion for women in general is the company’s mission. As stated on the Malia Mills site “Freedom, truth, feminist spirit, limitless potential! at Malia Mills we are passionate about articulating a new voice on the subject of women and beauty. the revolution starts with you– love the differences!”. Well said.

 I asked the Mills sisters what they would pack for a summer getaway:

Vacation can be a nice time to keep it breezy and simple. Carol always packs our easy throw-it-on Joni Dress – great for the beach or midday cocktails on the porch. To stay shielded from the sunshine, a good hat is key – our Double Duty hat in Charcoal Stripe is reversible – two hats and half the luggage space!  A Majesty Pareo adds a touch of casual elegance to any outfit in the evening, as a scarf, a turban, you name it, and it works perfectly as a sarong on the seashore. And of course, a killer suit in our exclusive Majesty print to match is a must. Carol brings three pieces for two swim looks – namely, a classic LowriderCalendar Girl and Juliette for some unexpected mix and match magic.

Malia never travels far without a dramatic maillot, her trademark, ready to turn some heads on the beach wherever she goes. The Emmanuel in Sergeant with its bold cut-outs does the trick. She loves our Misaki Shorts (you can wash our signature stretch woven fabric in the sink in your hotel room!) topped off with our amazing Hepburn Blouse. Nothing beats the effortless style of our Monte Carlo romper, also hand washable and easily given an extra pop of drama for sizzling summer nights with our statement making Glory Belt. A vacation would not be complete without a great carryall – our Day in the City Bag is made of durable and understated black canvas – light enough for a hot day of strolling the shops.  A perfect assortment!


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Leather jacket


Cropped corduroy pants


Able boot




Embroidered bag


Shearling-lined boots




Mini tote


Sweater dress





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  • What a success story! We worked with Malia and Carol way back when they started and I have really enjoyed seeing them evolve and grow their brand. Congratulations to them for 20 years strong! Thank you Preston for sharing.

    Ridgely's RadarJuly 26th, 2013  9:34 AM

  • Thank you for introducing me to this company. I had not heard of them before but now I am happy that I do. I love that they embrace a feminist spirit in their mission. And, hello! How about that Audrey top — love it!



    AnneJuly 26th, 2013  11:04 AM

  • I didnt realize that they did clothes, too. I have a swimsuit of theirs that must be 15 years old and the fabric is still great – the cut is timeless.

    Lisa EastmanJuly 26th, 2013  2:10 PM

  • Carol Mills was the creative director at my first job and she was super cool back then and it seems is still cool now! I remember getting a bunch of Malia Mills swimsuits for my honeymoon 10 years ago. They were awesome then, only wish they fit now!

    LisaJuly 27th, 2013  12:15 AM


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