We had the good fortune of connecting with Marta Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marta, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Without a doubt, the most important factor is that we care about our clients. Lefty Production Co. was founded to provide a level of support and customer service that we just couldn’t find anywhere else in the industry. Our goal is to build long-lasting relationships with our clients and to be a partner as they grow and flourish. We work with a wide variety of clients ranging from aspiring entrepreneurs and emerging designers to large, established brands and we work hard to give each of them the attention they deserve. Many of our clients become our close friends and stick with us because they know that we truly care.
What should our readers know about your business?
Our team is truly spectacular. We look to hire people who have a real hustle in them along with a big heart. Ashley Beck, the Vice President of Lefty, started as my nanny six years ago. But in her I saw someone who was driven and loyal and just felt like family. Lefty is one big family and we have fun together. Our culture is incredibly important because our company is built on delivering a consistently excellent level of service to our clients from top to bottom. So our culture and our “why” is super important. I would not have built this company if it wasn’t for my Co-Founder Emily Roiff who had previously helped me with my maternity clothing line. She got super frustrated with the harsh process of manufacturing in LA and when we realized that the sewers were smoking while sewing and all our stuff was smelling like smoke, she proposed creating a solution. She helped put amazing processes in place and smooth out the chaos. Emily is the type of person that has a vision and just knows how to implement it. She is 100% the reason Lefty was built. We used to joke that we would be building something unique if all we did was “promise not to be assholes.” I think about that pact all the time!!!!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I honestly just love being with my man and kids on the weekend. One of my favorite things about our life is my charming neighborhood and community in Santa Monica. I love walking my kids to school every morning and meeting one family on 18th street and then another on 24th street. I have found that I am happiest when life feels simple and community feels rich. My adorable husband and I keep family life super local and simple. We pretty much walk everywhere and eat up and down Montana Ave. We have two young boys Clay and Brayden who are super fun and hyper. I describe them as little cubs as they roll and wrestle and are just yummy. However, dining out much has not really been a thing we do that often, as we are still working on their table manners.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would say my dad is the wind beneath my wings. I watched him build a law practice and saw the ups and downs of being a business owner first hand. I remember being on family vacations and spending lots of time at Kinkos all over the country because he needed to fax his office, or review a document with his secretary, who he had his entire career. I learned from him that owning a business is like having a huge family and it is your responsibility to take care of them and truly care about them and it is not something you can ever really clock out of. I love Lefty. I love working and I love the people I get to work with so it is ok if I am on vacation and on a call cause I truly love what I am doing. My dad never wanted me to be anything else than an entrepreneur and pushed me every step of the way. When I got my first order in Target at the age of 27 his immidiate response was that’s great call Wal-Mart. And he made sure I did, till I got it in there too. He instilled a drive in me and made sure to help me financially along the way so that I could build something I truly loved that I would never want to clock out of. My kids love going to the factory and watching the cutters cut and love pushing all the buttons. It is so important to me that they see that hard work can be fun and you can build something meaningful.