HELLESSY was founded in 2012 by Sylvie Millstein, as a modern philosophy of dressing for women whose lives are organized around a need for pared-down elegance that is versatile and thoughtfully constructed. Born in Paris and raised in Versailles by a French father and Japanese mother, Sylvie was educated at the prestigious HEC Graduate Business School in France. Following her studies, she pursued her love of fashion, becoming a buyer, then senior merchant for Givenchy, Harrods and ultimately, Chanel. Sylvie spent eight years at Chanel, eventually becoming the General Merchandise Manager for Japan. While with the epitomous French fashion house, Sylvie acquired a keen knowledge of superior fit and luxe fabrications, characteristics that she has poignantly honed in her own collection. In 2007, Sylvie moved from Tokyo to New York City to start a family. It was here, with her influence of Japanese minimalism that she began to seek refined, yet practical clothing that suited her lifestyle. With the founding of HELLESSY, Sylvie melded her multi-cultural background, expertise in high fashion and experience as a design-driven New Yorker, to create a collection of luxurious staples that celebrate independence, intelligence and beauty. The collection is made in America, and integrates impeccable fabrics and detailing with superb fit, precise construction, and wearability. Sylvie resides in New York City’s Soho with her husband and two sons.