Updated: Sep 14
“Rwanda. It’s where our heart is. It’s where the soul of this company is. It’s where we were born and where everything happened.” - Millie
Millie Collines is a luxury Rwanda brand founded by Ines Cuatrecasas and Marc Oliver, both originally from Spain. The brand collaborated with a local dress maker and built its first atelier in Kigali. This was how the brand got its name; Kigali is known as the land of a thousand hills and Mille Collines means a thousand hills in French. The team that worked in the atelier at the time came up with the name of the brand as part of a vote. Thus, the birth of Atelier des Milles Collines.
Through the years, Mille Collines has grown and production is between Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa. The brand seamlessly blends the creativity, strength and culture of the African spirit with ever evolving global fashion trends. Owing to its growth, Millie Collines can boast of its attention to detail and passion for telling beautiful stories which shines through every product and experience made.
Also with a focus on traditional craftsmanship combined with unexpected materials, Mille Collines believes in honoring the artisans behind the brand and celebrating the inspiration and heritage found throughout the continent. Built on the value of community, from the team, to the hands that make its products, to its clients, it is worth noting that Millie Collines is a brand that celebrate its team and the uniqueness of their work. Every team member is important as craftsmanship is at the heart of every creation.
In essence, Mille Collines is seen as a brand dedicated to the soul of its country because prior to its creation, there was no infrastructure for fashion in Rwanda whatsoever. The founders had to start from the ground up looking for people to work with. However, the brand has successfully grown to be one rooting for its Country, with every piece made.
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