My parents have always told me…
That life comes full circle, I cannot think of anything truer than that today. It's hard to explain how I made it back to Unionville without starting with why I left. Back in 2007, I was accepted to Parsons School of Design, considered the best school in the country for fashion design located in the heart of the garment district of New York City. Plus Project Runway was filmed there, which until that point was one of my only lenses into the fashion world.
Even though I had only been to NYC twice in my life before moving there, I began to meet friends and professors that pushed me creatively to find my own voice as a designer. In 2011, I graduated from Parsons winning Womenswear Designer of the Year for a collection that was a critique on the fast-paced nature of the fashion industry. I wanted to capture how handcraft, emotion, and individuality had been wiped clean from the slate of most wardrobes.
I went on to work with some heavy hitters in the fashion industry including Calvin Klien, Behnaz Saraphour, Bibhu Mohapatra, Tomas Maier, and Nicole Miller. Each designer helped push me into new spaces of creativity and understanding of the process of making clothes, designing collections, and managing stores. After many years of designing for other people, I was finally ready to bring my experience back to my hometown of Unionville Pennsylvania.