MLE was founded by Emily Antonian Li Mandri (MLE) in 2018 on the principles of high-quality materials, unique details, and memorable experiences. MLE has been featured in Vogue and Sports Illustrated, and worn by renowned performers such as Kesha, Maggie Rogers, and Tierra Whack.

The MLE brand integrates the artistry of old-world techniques with modern designs and contemporary subject matters. Recurring themes within the MLE brand reference female empowerment and sustainability, with signature pops of color and bold details to create statement pieces. 

The majority of MLE pieces are made-to-order in New York by a small team of skilled and experienced craftswomen, including Li Mandri herself, in an effort to produce as sustainably as possible. Fabric and leather used by MLE are deadstock material to avoid excessive production and leverage materials readily available in New York’s garment district and beyond. In 2020, Li Mandri relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Saugerties, NY in the Catskills.