Q: Did you always want to be a fashion designer?
A: No, I did not always want to be a fashion designer! When I was in grade school my dream was to get into Harvard, attend medical school, and become a cardiologist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. I even went on a college visit to Harvard when I was in the eighth grade because I was that determined to make my dream become a reality!
Needless to say, I did not always want to be a fashion designer. My life took a complete 180 degree turn when I realized at age 16 that fashion could be more than just a hobby. I was taking private sewing lessons and it was my sewing instructor who informed me that having a career in fashion was a reality, not just a dream. After all, the fashion industry is a multi billion dollar international industry and everyone wears clothes so there are most definitely job opportunities!
Q: How did you get into the lingerie niche?
A: It was a happy accident! During my Junior year of college, I purchased a delicate black lace to make an evening gown. Once I received the lace I thought it would look better as a floor length robe. The feedback I received in my critique was that lingerie is what I should do-it was my niche! Once I realized that lingerie fit all my design interests and desires, I decided to do my Senior Thesis on lingerie and have obviously continued with it ever since!
Q: What has been the most challenging aspect of starting your own fashion business at 23?
A: The most challenging aspect has been generating a profit. The small amounts of money the business does make goes right back into the business. I don’t even get a paycheck right now even though I am working 24/7. So I am hoping to start generating an income through different business tactics and opportunities.
Q: Do you design and sew all your garments?
A: Yes! Many people think that I have my designs manufactured in a factory but I currently design and sew every garment myself with the help of my interns.
Q: Do you wear your own designs on a daily basis?
A: No! I always say I am too busy making garments for everyone else that I don’t have time to make my own clothes. The only garment that I will make for myself is my wedding dress someday.
Q: Where do you get your fabrics and materials?
A: A variety of places! I like to shop at Joann’s for basics, Mood fabrics, Etsy shops, and various other online retailers.
Q: For what occasions are your designs meant to be worn?
A: Essentially I am trying to create a new genre with my designs. I want to bridge the gap between haute couture, lingerie, and ready to wear and create embellished lingerie pieces that can be worn as ready to wear. I am embracing the idea of innerwear as outerwear!
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
A: I have two main sources of inspiration: haute couture and women.
I am really inspired by haute couture techniques, materials, and finishings. I really like incorporating those delicate details, such as hand sewn appliques, into my lingerie designs to really add that “wow” factor.
Women are a constant source of inspiration for me, especially all of the women in my life including both family and friends. I am creating garments for the female figure so I am always inspired by the female body.