Misha Nonoo is one of those bold, badass women that makes you want to be more of a bold, badass woman. She’s an accomplished fashion designer who got her start unexpectedly: “One day, I was having lunch at Prune, and a stranger at the next table complimented me on a coat I designed. As it turns out, she was a buyer for Intermix and ended up placing an order for a full collection. It was after that coincidental meeting that my label was born!”
But her eponymous line is about way more than just beautiful clothes. Misha’s a serious trailblazer when it comes to sustainability. She switched from a wholesale to direct-to-consumer model to reduce her carbon footprint and then took it a step further going on-demand in the manufacturing process a year later. She was also the first designer to ditch New York Fashion Week for Instagram to present her Spring 2016 collection. (It was a smashing success.)
And while you’ll never hear her talk about it, she’s a close confidante of Meghan Markle. (Rumor has it she introduced her and Prince Harry.) Together, they designed a button down for Markle’s collection for Smart Works, a UK charity dedicated to helping women reenter the workforce.
Partnerships are something Misha is super keen on right now. Last year she collaborated with Hatch Collection on a chic maternity line, and she recently joined forces with Fry Powers on jewel-colored enamel studs for her infamous Husband Shirt (so fun!).
Read on for some wise words about when to take risks, when to pause, and the five pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe.