First Blog Post // Meet the Miakoda Team


After an overwhelmingly positive response about starting a blog on Instagram, we decided to make it happen. Welcome to our blog, where we will be sharing a behind the scenes look at our design and manufacturing process, as well as more about ethical fashion, and sustainable lifestyle.

For our opening post we are going to share a bit about us so you know who we are and why Miakoda came into existence.

We are Julia and Laura Ahrens— a sister duo with a passion for all things sustainable, ethical, and compassionate.


[Laura + Julia wearing matching Miakoda slouchy rompers + long cardigans at sustainable farm, Metta Earth Institute in Vermont.]




[wearing Miakoda grey slouchy romper with a chicken friend]

Julia graduated from Parsons School of Design in NYC with a BFA in Fashion Design in 2012.  She previously worked for various companies in New York City including Zac Posen, creating pieces for his 2011  Z Spoke runway collection.  

As Julia started to practice yoga, she began to look at her choices and how they impact our planet and its inhabitants. She questioned the traditional practices used in the fashion industry. Animal fibers, toxic synthetics, pesticide ridden materials, sweatshops, unfair labor, and disposable clothing became undesirable and scary to support and create. This realization birthed Miakoda in 2013.



[wearing a Miakoda black slouchy romper with Miakoda black bralette with Mahagony, the Ram!]

Laura is most known for her physically and mentally challenging (yet calming and inspiring) yoga classes. Laura holds a degree in Musical Theater from The University Of The Arts in Philadelphia. However, her introduction and subsequent passion for yoga has had an impact on Miakoda that nothing else has. 

Laura graduated her first yoga teacher training in 2011 and has completed multiple other trainings, mentorships, and workshops to further her education and knowledge of the practice since. After completing her first training, she began sharing the practice with Julia, which got the Miakoda ball rolling.

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Miakoda came to be out of our need for clothing that we could feel good about wearing... both physically + mentally.

We wanted clothing options that look good, feel good, and don’t hurt our planet, hurt animals, or exploit humans to create!

We knew if we were struggling to find options that felt worthwhile for us to support, others must be struggling with the same problem. If we created options that are sustainable, eco friendly, and ethically made—we can help to change the fashion industry to create a cleaner, greener, more compassionate future.

We look forward to sharing more with you here.

xo, Julia + Laura

Julia Ahrens