Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins, Photos by Kyle Morris
Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love with serial entrepreneur, fashion designer, media influencer, author, real estate investor, and philanthropist Milan Rouge to explore the various levels of success of the consummate professional. She gave Automotive Rhythms comprehensive insight into her lifestyle while profiling Philadelphia landmarks from vibrant Penn’s Landing to the 2,050-acre Fairmount Park with the 2022 Lexus NX 350 F Sport donning a sensational Redline hue.
The Philly native worked meticulously from the ground up to manifest her Milano Di Rouge empire. Starting with just two shirts and a big dream, Milan is now the owner of a highly sought-after global brand. She has thousands of loyal clients, countless celebrity endorsements, and a luxury streetwear line that reaches the masses with affordable, high-quality pieces for men, women, and children. In fact, the meaning of Milano Di Rouge translates to Making Dreams Reality to remind fly girls and fly guys to remain relentless and ambitious. The company prides itself on the message that it’s never too late to follow your goals and encourages everyone to keep achieving.
“I’m constantly curating ideologies for my next fashion opportunities or speaking engagements, said Milan. “When cruising through the city with the all-new NX and its luxurious interior, my thoughts take me to a place of brand creation.”
For entertainment, she revels in newfangled technology with a 14″ touchscreen and Lexus Interface. It uses cloud-based connectivity and a “Hey Lexus” voice assistant to satisfy driver requests. Connecting her phone is seamless using Wireless Apple CarPlay to take calls or chill out to the symphony of her favorite artists through the 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Audio system. More importantly, wireless phone charging is a must since Milan has too much business transpiring for her phone battery to die.
From a philanthropic pillar, Milan is the creator of The WomanaireClub and The MamanaireClub for boss women and mothers alike. Through The WomanaireClub, members share their strengths, creative ideas, and ambitions with one another to ease the pathway towards entrepreneurial journeys. On the other hand, The MamanaireClub inspires the growth of mothers on the go and influences them to dream bigger so they can encourage their children to dream as well. As I always say, “lead by example so your child becomes the example. This also means that safety is a crucial tenant of motherhood. As a mom to son Czar, Milan is a big fan of Lexus Safety System+3.0, which adds confidence and assurance to her drive. The advanced LSS+ 3.0 includes a new E-Latch and Safe Exit Assist that uses blind-spot monitors to prevent occupants from opening a door if the Lexus detects another vehicle approaching too close.
To enjoy the day after touring her storefront, we set course to a few iconic Philadelphia locations like Fairmount Park to reflect creatively, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Rocky Steps), Independence Hall, Franklin Institute, and Penn’s Landing where there is a bevy of family activities to enjoy. Her driver-inspired cockpit is designed with the philosophy of perfect balance, so key features are placed within reach and right where you need them. Ambient 64-color lighting that intimately lights up the cabin provides a fully-immersive experience. Performance was on point as well.
“I stay on the go whether making moves to photo shoots or speaking engagements,” stated Milan. “Therefore, I appreciate the efficient power from my 2.4-liter turbo whenever I’m in route. The NX is relaxed when I need it to be and ready to rumble when I’m energized.”
Milan is all about fashion, whether it’s with her wardrobe or the styling of the NX, and was particularly excited over the launch of the exquisite Milano Di Rouge handbag. She quickly grabbed one of the purses for a photo shoot with the sporty SUV, which is blessed with an attention-grabbing spindle grille, LED headlights, LED “blade” taillamps, and F-Sport styling, including Blacked-out 20” alloy rims.
We ended the Sunday Funday as Milan’s girlfriends joined her at Tasties for an afternoon of sisterhood and good eating. Since the NX can fit a crew of five and is small enough for parking in tight situations, Sunday brunch with the ladies was a simple scenario. Writing yet another chapter in the book of compact luxury SUVs, the all-new 2022 Lexus NX expands upon the legacy it has carved out in the segment and continues to win over thought leaders like Milan, a force to be reckoned with. Whether she’s designing unique pieces, investing in a new real estate project, or mentoring rising female entrepreneurs, Milan is set on uplifting the community of Philadelphia.
Expect an MSRP of $46,650 for the 2022 Lexus NX 350 F Sport model, and make sure to tap into the Digital Key. It lets the driver use their phone as a key without having the fob present. So keep elevating people, and please go “experience amazing!”