My Story

From Nigeria to Neoprene: The Journey of Larissa Muehleder

Having spent my earliest years being raised in Nigeria, my cultural heritage taught me to embody a love for boldness and vibrancy. These traits would later manifest in the creations of my eponymous brand, Muehleder. But the journey to becoming a designer wasn't a straight path—it was a weaving narrative of immigration, self-discovery, and a relentless pursuit of the vision I saw for myself and the women I wanted to create for.

Arriving in Brooklyn with my mother in the late 90's was a leap into the unknown. I was teased for having a thick accent, a wide tooth gap and big colorful glasses that covered half of my tiny 6 year old face face. Yet, amidst my imposter syndrome of not feeling like I belonged, I discovered the power of first impressions and the language of style. Each encounter became a lesson in self-expression, laying the foundation for what would become my life's work.

From humble beginnings sewing custom prom dresses while in high school on my mother's dinning room floor to crafting full collections while in attendance at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where I studied business instead of fashion, my passion for design blossomed. Muehleder wasn't just about fabric and thread—it was about empowering women to embrace their differences with every curve and smile. Each piece I created was an invitation to stand tall, to own your space, and to celebrate the unique beauty within.

Neoprene, an unexpected yet transformative fabric, became the cornerstone of the Muehleder brand. Traditionally reserved for scuba suits, I saw its potential to redefine elegance and athleticism in fashion. With neoprene, I sculpted voluminous cocktail dresses and elevated athleisure wear to new heights.

Through feminine silhouettes, cascading ruffles, and a fearless embrace of bold hues, Muehleder captured the attention of powerful women worldwide. Icons like Beyonce, Zendaya, Issa Rae, and Cardi B embraced my vision, amplifying the brand's impact and reach. Yet, beyond celebrity endorsements, Muehleder has become a point of connection—a place where women can find solace, solidarity, and sisterhood. It is a testament to the dreams of a little mixed girl, realized through resilience, determination, and a steadfast belief in the power of self-expression.

As I look back on my journey, I see the countless stitches woven into the fabric of my life—the challenges conquered, the wins savored, and the dreams fulfilled. Muehleder isn't just a brand—it's a testament to the boundless possibilities that await those who dare to dream, to create, and to defy their insecurities and self doubt. With each design, I continue to write my story, and find a piece of myself in every one of you.