About Us

Established in 2020 by Sarah Gregg Millman, LOCAL WOMAN is a made-to-order clothing line that takes inspiration from an elegant timelessness, and embraces a dedication to artisanship, whimsy, and tradition. 
The collections are small-run and often limited-edition, with one design introduced at a time. We focus much of our efforts on sourcing unique and occasionally upcycled and deadstock fabrics. The line is a series of modern classics, with a dash of lightness, that transcends seasons and time.
We built the brand around the core value of slow growth, local production, and an ongoing goal of sustainability. 
Sewists and technical designers are Toronto-based, and paid a living wage. The line is designed in our atelier in Toronto, Canada, and is exclusively hand-built, with great attention to detail. The made-to-order model allows us to obtain only as much we need - with off-cuts treated as precious, and used for production of other items. Nothing goes to waste, and resourcefulness is celebrated. 
The intention is wearable, airy, heirloom-quality pieces, and a customer experience that is intimate and transparent. 
LOCAL WOMAN’s philosophy is that small movements can lead to big change. 


Our Team

Sarah Gregg Millman

Founder & Designer

Sarah worked as a respected costume designer in film & television for over 10 years. Her first directorial debut, produced in 2020, was a feminist manifesto about three pregnant women alone in the woods. Sarah designed custom dresses for the film and decided to launch LOCAL WOMAN after an abundance of interest was shown in the airy and easy to move in pieces. Her film career still informs many of her designs and lends to her keen eye for timeless elegance. LW is her expression of deep romance, frivolity and empowerment. 



Tina Pham

Tina supports us with garment production and development. She is a firm supporter of slow fashion brands and is always resourceful with leftover fabric. Her attention to detail and careful eye are a valued part of LW. She also works in costume design and sells digital sewing patterns through @blankpatterns_ 



Joanna Ho

Joanna and her studio also support with garment development and production. She has a diverse background in custom menswear, lingerie, and french luxury, which is indicative in her work and attention to detail. During the pandemic, she started a studio called Jo Studios to support slow fashion brands on a localized scale.



Chloe Rose

Chloe is our studio manager and she handles a lot of the business operations of Local Woman. She works directly with Sarah and also assists with campaign planning and social media. Chloe and Sarah have known each other for a long time which makes working together so much fun. They met on a movie when Chloe was 16 called The Lesser Blessed (2012) and have worked together on a few movies over the years. Including Bang Bang Baby (2014) and Hellions (2015).