Top 5: Carol Miltimore, Founder, Seek Collective

The background: Carol had a long career designing for the likes of Calvin Klein Jeans and Armani Exchange before becoming a bit disillusioned with the common practices in the fashion industry, and starting her own sustainable line in 2014. “My goal has always been — and continues to be — [to create] beautiful, high-quality, relevant garments that people enjoy living their lives [in], while making sure the way they were made has been as environmentally and socially responsible as possible,” she says. Fun fact: she’s also a certified yoga teacher.

Hometown: I’m originally from Connecticut but have spent the last 16 years in New York City.

Self described style: Eccentric, comfortable, and sophisticated.

Style icons: Anyone who doesn’t follow the rules and does what feels good to them. Style should be personal and unique.

“health” icons and why: Health for me is striving for balance while listening to your body. I moved to Paris when I was 21 years old to study and work but it was the general lifestyle there that reminded me how to enjoy all things in moderation.

My favorite place to be: For as much as I love to travel and explore, I love even more to recharge in my own space.

What inspires me: Walls with layers of colorful peeling paint and being alone in nature.

Three things I can’t live without: Laughter, tears, and dogs.

Motto: Always strive for empathy and growth but take no BS.


1. Herbivore EMERALD Deep Moisture Glow OilGrowing up, my mom instilled a love of and appreciation for high quality skin care and face oils. My current favorite is the Emerald one from Herbivore as it’s super light but still moisturizing and has a lovely very subtle scent. “
2. Love Stories bralettesA few years ago I purged all my underwire bras because I realized none of them were comfortable. I still needed support though and I still wanted them to be beautiful. I discovered Love Stories while wondering the Marais in Paris two years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s not easy to find bras that are both incredibly comfortable that also look wonderful.”
3. Tantuvii rug “This is designed and run by a husband and wife team who are friends of mine. I love their unexpected rug designs and I love that the rugs are all hand woven in India. The hemp ones are extra great since hemp is a particularly sustainable material.”
4.  DS  & Durga Big Sur After Rain candleI’m a huge fan of candles and have a surplus at home.  Sydney of the store Legion in SF introduced me to DS&Durga and all their interesting scents originally. This one is my absolute favorite one and it fills up the room with its fresh and lush smell.”
5. Seek Sara dress in eclipse print This piece has everything I love most in a dress: an easy fit, a luxurious silk and hand-feel, and a bold print. I wear it year round as I pair it with jeans and a sweater in the colder months and rock it by itself when it gets warmer. It is hand block printed with artisans in India on silk sourced from a family run silk mill and stitched with a women owned factory.  The print design is based off a painting of mine from about 5 years ago and we first launched the print in 2015. It was brought back recently due to popular demand!”

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  1. OMG I used to live near Big Sur, and whenever I fly into SFO, I walk outside and inhale the eucalyptus and sage — my kids ordered that candle for me and it is the best! Don’t even have to light it, just sit near it.

  2. Please feature more women of color. That’s one of the things that I loved about Lucky–and your book–is that women of color were a regular part of the mix. Otherwise, I’m a big fan.

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