Our founder and head designer, Monique Ben Haim, has been obsessed with design, lingerie, burlesque, and old Hollywood costume for most of her life. She studied Fashion Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy. She has experience working for high end evening wear brand Zac Posen in NYC, custom latex clothing brand Vex Clothing in LA, and many years as a bra fit specialist. She worked briefly in fast fashion lingerie and became disenchanted with just trying to meet a low price point while sacrificing quality and design details.
Monique is constantly absorbing inspiration from absolutely everywhere. She is well traveled and finds new influences from every culture. She is familiar with many classic fashion references from designer runways, old Hollywood movies, history of costume, eras of pop culture, and more. Monique is able to design from multiple points of view whether you want a sweet vintage airy chiffon robe or a leather studded and spiked catsuit. She can whip up a sketch of exactly what you are picturing in your mind and MCLA production can make it come to life.