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A SAVVY businesswoman set up a side hustle making tops at university to pay off her student loans and now has a successful clothing business with her own studio in London.

MILLIE Smith launched Millie Jane from her student accommodation in 2016 when she was just 18.

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Millie started making tops from her student accommodation in 2016Credit: TikTok/@milliejsmith
Now she has a successful underwear and clothing manufacturing business.

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Now she has a successful underwear and clothing manufacturing business.Credit: TikTok/@milliejsmith
Millie moved into her new design studio in London in 2022

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Millie moved into her new design studio in London in 2022Credit: TikTok/@milliejsmith

She wanted to make enough money to pay off her overdraft, but that completely took off.

She grew her business until it became one of Depop’s most popular stores, with people climbing to buy her clothes.

In 2018, she had to take a break from her studies in order to invest more time in the business which completely took off.

She continued to develop her designs and create more and more fun and bright clothes.

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After graduating in 2020 from Leeds University School of Design, she created a beautiful new website for her clients selling silky underwear.

Orders continued to fly in droves and fast, so in 2021 the 23-year-old moved to London to pursue her career.

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In 2022, the businesswoman rented her own studio to be able to work on her creations.

In a post on her TikTok, Millie said: “When you started your clothing brand at the age of 18 during your fashion design degree, you almost failed the course, the tutor told you that you didn’t. would ever have a career in fashion.

“And now you’re a freelance fashion designer, you live in London and you have your own design studio.”

Fellow TikTokers were quick to praise the entrepreneur’s incredible accomplishments.

One person said, “So happy for you!! It looks so dreamy.”

Another said: “I can’t wait to see how far you’ll go!! That’s amazing, lovely, hope you’re super proud.”

A third said, “I bought you a top years ago! That’s so crazy!”

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While another said: “I’m so glad you showed all 6 years that led to where you are now. It’s so easy to think that businesses are growing fast but it’s not the case.

To which the businesswoman replied, “Yes!!! It’s taken a long time to get to a point where I feel happy with how it’s going.”

Millie now works in her beautiful design studio

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Millie now works in her beautiful design studioCredit: TikTok/@milliejsmith
She sells beautiful underwear and swimsuits

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She sells beautiful underwear and swimsuitsCredit: TikTok/@milliejsmith

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