Built by Wendy is a NYC- based line of womens and mens clothing and accessories.
The company was founded in 1991 by Wendy Mullin.
Growing up in suburban Chicago, Wendy learned to sew from her mom and grandma. Later at the University of Kansas she studied by day and sewed by night, selling her handmade clothes to record stores in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kansas City. She supported herself by doing sewing alterations and working various jobs.
In 1992 she moved to New York where she opened little boutiques in the back of record stores where she worked. In addition she did costume design, styled music videos, and did freelance design.
After gaining some attention due to the popularity of her guitar straps, she began wholesaling her clothing collection worldwide and finally moved out of working in her apartment.
Wendy opened her first retail store in Little Italy in 1998. Stores in Brooklyn and Los Angeles followed in 2005.