MLE was founded by Emily Antonian Li Mandri (MLE) in 2018 on the principles of high-quality materials and unique details. 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 manufacture as sustainably as possible. MLE also collaborates with artisans overseas to produce specialty handcrafted items. 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.