M.M.LaFleur: Sarah LaFleur (2020) : How I Built This with Guy Raz When she was working corporate jobs in New York City, Sarah LaFleur hated getting dressed in the morning; the choices in her closet felt overwhelming, many items didn't fit right or wore out too quickly. So in 2011 she launched a line of clothing for working women that would be simple, elegant, and well-tailored. She had no experience in fashion but partnered with a top-line designer, Miyako Nakamura, to create M.M.LaFleur. Today it's a multi-million dollar company with loyal customers from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley.

M.M.LaFleur: Sarah LaFleur (2020)

M.M.LaFleur: Sarah LaFleur (2020)

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Sarah LaFleur is the co-founder and CEO of M.M.LaFleur.
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When she was working corporate jobs in New York City, Sarah LaFleur hated getting dressed in the morning; the choices in her closet felt overwhelming, many items didn't fit right or wore out too quickly.

So in 2011 she launched a line of clothing for working women that would be simple, elegant, and well-tailored. She had no experience in fashion but partnered with a top-line designer, Miyako Nakamura, to create M.M.LaFleur.

Today it's a multi-million dollar company with loyal customers from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley.

This episode of How I Built This was produced by J.C. Howard and edited by Neva Grant. Research help from Candice Lim. Additional support from Jeff Rogers, Julia Carney, Elaine Coates, Casey Herman, Farrah Safari, Liz Metzger, Harrison Vijay Tsui, Kerry Thompson, and Katherine Sypher. You can follow us on Twitter @HowIBuiltThis, on Instagram @HowIBuiltThisNPR and email us at hibt@npr.org.