MICHA THOMAS

Micha Thomas has carved out a successful career as a public relations, marketing and creative development strategist, representing clients such as Yahoo! Entertainment, Adobe, PopTech, Chronicle Books and the Los Angeles Ballet. Micha also maintained the position of external Creative Marketing Director for The Windish Agency, an independent artist booking agency for over 600 musicians. With her finger firmly on the convergent pulse of the culture, music, innovation and technology industries, Micha drew from these experiences to conceptualize The MiA Project. For Micha, MiA is also an extension of her lifelong love of craft, the provenance of items and her familial history in manufacturing.

An accomplished writer who has contributed stories to Elle, LAist, High Snobiety/Selectism and Indie Shuffle, Micha is also a novice photographer, vintage collector, trained dancer and certified NLP practitioner and life coach for creatives. Micha lives between Los Angeles and Austin and is a graduate of San Diego State University and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

JAIME LAWSON

Previously a ballerina at Ballet Arizona, Jaime left the dance world to pursue a Physics degree at the University of San Diego. An interest in space led her to participate in NASA's Zero-Gravity Flight Opportunities, in which her team was hand-selected to perform an experiment on a NASA zero gravity plane, the KC-135A.  She later utilized her Physics degree to engineer navigation and missile systems for U.S. Navy ships, obtaining a U.S. government security clearance along the way.

After a couple years, Jaime was pulled to the visual arts, and obtained her Fashion Design Arts degree in Seattle. She designed custom bridal and evening gowns under upscale label Luly Yang Couture. It was at this job in 2007 that she created Bleu Garters, a bridal accessory company. Throughout the evolution of her fashion design career, Jaime has remained faithful to an American-made ethos, supporting U.S. job creation. It is because of this background, in addition to a patriotic military family history, that led her to founding The MiA Project.

Jaime currently lives in Los Angeles, where she also worked for luxury design house Rodarte.  Jaime is a Wardrobe Stylist for celebrities, short films, and photo shoots, with strong clients such as Nordstrom, Red Bull and BMW, as well as an editorial contributor to Huff Post Weddings and Lucky.