Brand Origin: How did it all start?
The Mille Collines story begins in Kigali in 2008 when the paths of two passionate women crossed: Antoinette, a Rwandan seamstress who owned an atelier and Ines, a Spanish design student. They both shared the same vision; a belief that uniting talents would lead to creating groundbreaking products in Africa.
Antoinette opened her atelier and team of artisans to Ines so she could create a first apparel collection that would become her university thesis. Soon after, Ines’ designer friend Marc joined her in Rwanda and together they worked on developing the idea further.
In 2009 the brand was co-founded by Marc and Ines.