Eyes on Paris. Heart in Mumbai.
Founded by two French women, raised in Paris and settled in Mumbai, the store was born from their dream for their adopted city to have a store worthy of its energy and global status. A store where Indian fashion and design could dialogue with iconic international brands, and storied fashion houses. Each brand at Le Mill is hand-picked by the founders to suit the needs of the modern Indian woman.
The store, set in a heritage building in Colaba, is spread over 4,000 sq ft and houses brands like Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Chloé, Céline, Dries Van Noten, Balmain and Peter Pilotto. As well as the best of Indian contemporary jewellery, fashion and design; including Gem Palace, Bodice, Eka, Péro, Design Temple, Casegoods, DeMuro Das and more.
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In 2011, the store was launched by transforming a partition era warehouse into a lifestyle store. Originally used as a rice mill and later as a shipping warehouse catering to the nearby docks. The store’s French name is both a nod to the founders’ background and the history of the space. In 2015, the store moved to its current historical location, near Mumbai’s Yacht Club and the Gateway of India.
The Paris-based branding team, Be Poles, mined this history to design Le Mill’s distinctive logo. The inspiration behind it was the effective visual language of transport. The ‘M’ is stamped over ‘L’, as if to mimic the universal symbol for “This way up,” used on cartons and shipping containers. A sliced-up container now stands sentry-like outside the Colaba store, emphasizing the exchange between East and West that is at the heart of what we do.
Cecilia Morelli: Yale University graduate, Cecilia cut her teeth in fashion as a buyer at the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman, working with marquee brands such as Prada, Balenciaga, Chloé and Yves Saint Laurent. After moving to Mumbai in 2007, Cecilia lent her expertise to Conde Nast India, and helped launch titles such as Vogue and GQ. She is passionate about Ashtanga Yoga and is an avid collector of Indian contemporary art.
Julie Leymarie: After graduating from the ESCP Europe Business School, Julie contributed to the growth of the luxury division of beauty and cosmetic behemoth L’Oréal, where she worked for over 10 years. With her expertise in marketing and retail, she launched heavyweights like Lancôme, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Diesel and Kiehl’s in India. She is a classically trained ballet dancer and fanatical adventure traveller.