The Interview — Lizzie Means Duplantis and Sarah Means, Founders of Miron Crosby
Miron Crosby is a luxury boot brand headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Founded by sisters Lizzie Means Duplantis and Sarah Means, Miron Crosby is inspired by the sisters’ experiences of growing up on their family’s West Texas cattle ranch, and later living and working in New York City. The artisanal boots for women and men are hand-lasted in Texas by Rios of Mercedes—a 160-year-old manufacturer and cousins of the Means sisters. The line features the iconic tall cowboy boot, the popular shorty, and the novel midi-boot in an array of leathers, exotic skins, and intricate stitching.
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How did Miron Crosby get its start:
Sarah & Lizzie: We are ranch kids, so cowboy boots have always been very much a part of our lifestyle. After college, we both lived in New York City, and recognized that people really responded to our personal boot collections. We had talked about launching our brand for years, and then one day we looked at each other and said “It’s time.” Looking back now, it was the best decision we ever made, and we have loved bringing high fashion to cowboy boots and carving out our niche—boots that are not just for the ranch or the rodeo.
Best career advice you’ve ever received:
Lizzie: “Keep at it, there is a solution somewhere that may not be obvious. There is a way to find an answer—you just have to be creative. And also, you can do it, and you can have it all! I think we as women wear so many hats—it’s empowering to be mindful that yes we can.”
Sarah: “Get out of your comfort zone and stay there. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.”
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Walk us through a typical work day:
Sarah & Lizzie: We love to meet early for a coffee so we can be social and catch up on our lives before we dive into a work day. We both try to spend some portion of the day in the shop, then we generally regroup at our office for calls, design sessions, or meetings.
You decompress each day by:
Sarah & Lizzie: We are both runners, so by the time we meet for coffee we have already had a workout. At the end of a day, we love a good margarita with girlfriends. Also, when all else fails, we call our Mom!
Your go-to power outfit:
Lizzie: A feminine dress and shorty boots.
Sarah: A high-waisted skirt with a sweater and midi boots.
What’s a trend you predict will catch on this year:
Sarah & Lizzie: Skins are here to stay. We are all in on python right now.
What apps and gadgets can’t you live without:
Lizzie: iCal, Audible for books on tape, my Nespresso, and the Cherry app for local in-home manicures.
Sarah: The Southwest Airlines app, my electric kettle, Calm for meditation, and—let’s be honest—Instagram.
Midnight snack of choice:
Lizzie: Whataburger drive-thru.
Sarah: Frozen mini-Reese’s cups.
Your most recent beauty/fashion obsession:
Lizzie: I recently had a facial with microblading and it changed my life.
Sarah: I cried watching the Brandon Maxwell show online last week. He is incredible and I love that he’s a Texas boy.
What’s the most exciting thing in your life right now:
Lizzie: My husband recently bought his own business, and we are enjoying navigating being entrepreneurs together. It’s certainly not always easy, and we are in totally different fields, but sharing the experience of running our own businesses is special and exciting! Also, I’m learning to play Mahjong with my girlfriends, and I’m hooked!
Sarah: Miron Crosby! Every day we face a new challenge. I love building our brand and it is all the more special to be a business partner with my best friend/sister.