Malia Margaret Mills was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1966. In 1986 she fails her first pattern making assignment at Cornell University. Two years later she started studied fashion design at La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne where she meat Maryvonne Herzog, custom swimsuit designer in Paris.
In 1990 she graduated from Cornell University. She then moved to California where she worked as an assistant designer at Jessica McClintock, Inc.
One year later she moved back to New York City, where she then launched her own brand, Malia Mills Swim Wear - a collection of swimwear separates made to make more sense. Her dream? To improve the swimwear experience -- from the way you shop for a swimsuit to the way it fits and the way it all makes you feel. Just two years, in 1993, a Malia Mills long sleeved bikini was shown in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue featured Kathy Ireland wearing it. And in 1996 a Malia Millis bikini graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
In 1998 the first Malia Mills flagship boutique opened at 199 Mulberry Street in New York City, followed by further openings in Los Angeles in 1999 and on Collins Avenue in 2000.
In 2001, Malis Mills introduced the original Just MarriedTM Bridal Bikini. It was a run-away hit! "Mrs. Jones" soon followed as Malia Mills One-of-a-kind.
Malia Mills won First Place award for Business Success, Entrepreneurial Success and Contribution to Success for Women within NYC from NYC Commission on Women's Issues in 2005.
In 2008 Malia Mills was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA).