How This 27 Year Old Female Entrepreneur Made "Made in LA" Happen
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When I first sat down across from Sofia Melograno in the fall of 2014 at a coffee shop in downtown Manhattan, she was the third young designer I'd met that week. Like the others, she was just starting out and wanted to source ethically. Often times, many of the designers' ideas don't pan out and our conversations consulting on their sourcing and marketing peter out. But Sofia was different.
She had really done her research, had been developing her idea for years and was committed to building a brand the right way with a sustainable and traceable supply chain. The only problem was she wanted to go big from the beginning. She was very adamant about manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa having worked, lived, and traveled in various parts of the continent and she felt very strongly that not only would it be a beautiful story to tell but that as a social impact company, they could have a tangible impact in the lives of low-income women that they would employ.