We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Millage and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The thought behind starting The Millage was to aid individuals in helping choose their attire for special events/occasions, photoshoots, and life’s special moments. Before The Millage, I was simply helping family members figure out what to wear to weddings, funerals, birthday dinners, and graduations. As time progressed, friends began asking me to assist them in finding outfits for dates, galas, and photoshoots. In due time, my friends, #shoutout to Think Tank Tuesdays, politely pushed me to starting a business that would allow me to continue aiding people in dressing for their special events, and simply make a profit. Helping folks choose which outfits to wear, evolved into helping people revamp their closets, convert their wardrobe, and ultimately, feel more comfortable with choosing their daily outfits. The Millage started in helping people choose their attire for special events, but transformed into a business that wanted to help individuals become more confident in selecting the clothes that they put on everyday.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
(I’ll discuss one of my passions/side projects in the philanthropic space) @TooFlyFoundation One of the things that I’m most proud of is having the opportunity to work with close friends on our passion project – a nonprofit called Too Fly Foundation; creating a world where every student has the opportunity to travel. Through one-of-a-kind programming and fundraising, we bridge generations and inspire curiosity abroad while providing students in underserved communities with passports and travel grants so they, too, can gain a global perspective. Too Fly is an organization that assists in offering students, in underserved communities, the opportunity to receive passports, travel grants, and travel resources so they can gain the opportunity to learn abroad. As the pandemic quickly put a halt to travel, our lean team of 9 passionate individuals, along with others who are passionate about travel, education, and youth development, quickly created a virtual program that will allow students to learn abroad, from safety and comfort of their own homes. While utilizing technology, such as VR sets, tablets, and innovative applications, leveraging our team’s expertise, and receiving the support of our donor base, we were able to develop a program that can be beneficial to students around the nation, and eventually the world. While the pandemic has present a lot of opportunities for personal development and growth, it has also offered Too Fly an opportunity to think outside of the box. In addition, it’s allowed us the opportunity to see how far we can truly spread our wings!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite spots in the city…. phew…. this is tough. Being a Dallas native, and growing up in Oak Cliff, I believe there are many spots to go to. You had PLENTY of options in the city; however, it simply depends on what you’re in the mood for. The city classics, the “hood” classics, or a little of both. (Funny story is, the crew of “Don’t Take It Personal” Podcast (@DTIpodcast1) and I recently had the exact conversation.) For those visiting for a week, I would suggest to eat at the following: Rudy’s Chicken Pangea Fuel City Tacos (you have to get the elote) or Birria Tacos from @Trap_Birriaa Beto & Son Stonehearth Cane Russo Soiree Coffee Bar Manhattan Beer Project In terms of scenic locations, trails, and leisurely activities: Grandscape/Andretti Cedar Ridge Reserve Trinity River Overlook/Ronald Kirk Bridge Trinity Groves Deep Ellum Jaxon Beer Garden The Adolphus Hotel NorthPark Mall Other places to consider would be: Highland Park Village The Star in Frisco The Cowboy Stadium (a tour if possible) Ida Claire Eataly Lower Greenville Ave. And if you want to spend a night around the town, I would definitely suggest whatever events @MooreAboutLife and @CrownHolders11 suggest!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The Shoutouts are endless for me! Here’s a few: @ThinkTankTuesdays (& Scottie Smith for offering the space to allow the group to connect and collaborate) Brandon Miller Bola Ibidapo Brittany Bullock Last Tribe Amber Williams (@born_2_cook)
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