Awesome Teen Overcomes Homelessness, Is Now Wildly Successful Handbag Designer
10:45 am, June 19th | by Amy Tennery
Becoming a successful luxury purse designer is challenging enough — doing this after spending a major chunk of your adolescence in a homeless shelter is pretty close to impossible. Of course, that didn’t stop Hayley Miller.
Let’s call her our inspirational entrepreneur of the day: Miller’s a 19-year-old woman who wound up homeless at age 15. Now, she’s just launched her own line of luxury handbags. And no, she isn’t selling them on Etsy. Her bags (which are priced in the $300 to $500 range) have attracted the attention of several upscale retailers, according to a story today in the Daily Mail. A luxury online boutique Bag Servant has inked a distribution deal with her and similar arrangement is reportedly in the works with ASOS, a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama.
I understand pointing to individual success stories like this can obscure the larger problems of homelessness. But… holy cow. This is outrageously impressive. Check out her wares below (photos courtesy hayley-miller.co.uk) and be inspired.