Hi there! I’m Mai Hlee Xiong-Kue, a Hmong-American Designer & Social Influencer with four beautiful children. I am the Founder and Creative Director at Mai&Co, an apparel and accessories brand for women and children.
I started my first job at Ohio.com as an intern at the early age of 12. I learned to decipher HTML code by viewing the source code on each webpage that I encountered. I was entirely self-taught in web programming languages.
Upon graduating high school, I immediately enrolled in the Graphic Design program at the College for Creative Studies with a focus on Web Design where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts. I was intrigued with the creative aspect of using new and emerging technologies to build and design web pages.
As a Web Designer, I have built and designed web properties for McKesson, Henry Ford Health System, MOTOR Information Systems and BoostUp. I have over 20 years of experience working in web design/development, advertising and marketing.
In 2011, when I had my first child, I founded the company Simple Coupon Deals, Inc where I shared my personal knowledge of saving and shopping smarter for personal care, household and baby products by combining promotional retail sales with coupons and promo codes. I became an accidental social influencer with a following of over 55,000+ followers on Instagram and 180,000 on Facebook. As a social influencer, I have worked for brands including P&G, Kimberly-Clark, Sam’s Club and Walmart.
In 2018, I decided to refocus on my art and design and started my very own online shop where you’ll find custom artwork and personalized goods inspired by my Hmong heritage.