What’s behind the growing success of Melina Cortes-Nmili’s brand Lalla Bee? Since her debut in 2015, the Dominican designer has been creating custom dresses that have ended up at New York and Boston fashion weeks, Styleweek Northeast, and a fashion show series at the Courtyard Tea Room & Map Room at the Boston Public Library. Nmili believes that clothes strongly influence our mood — to her feeling physically and aesthetically comfortable is essential. She uses silk and printed jacquards mostly from Italy to create dresses that are both long and short, form-fitting with a pop of color.

September 16, 2019 — Melina Cortes-Nmili