Howard & Miller was founded in 1984 by Harold Howard, a tailor and Cliff Miller, a salesman. The two men had worked together at men’s clothing shops across Lexington since the 1960s, and decided they would take a shot at opening their own business.
In a profile from The Lexington Herald Leader dated June 22, 1987, the two entrepreneurs discuss the early days of the company: “For Miller and Howard, it was a marriage of convenience. ‘We really didn’t want to work for anyone else,’ quoted Miller. ‘We believe in the future of downtown Lexington; that’s why we’re here,’ Howard said.”