"Nothing gets me more excited than seeing a look go from the runway to the red carpet and then replicated for the everyday customer."
As a woman of very few words, my style speaks for me. I realized I had a passion for fashion around the age of 15. I’d walk the streets of Soho, Herald Square, and the Garment district. This was my weekly Saturday routine FOR YEARS. I would wander from store to store for hours and most of the time never making a single purchase. Discovering new boutiques and designers excited me and still does.
I'll never forget my first "expensive" purchase, I took my entire check and dropped it on a suede embellished sling back pump from Aldo. I know what you're thinking...Aldo?! Yes! Aldo once had a luxury line with a price point starting at $300 plus. This was the start of my very unhealthy obsession for designer shoes.
In 2006, I took the leap and enrolled into F.I.T. and though I enjoyed helping family and friends get dressed for special occasions, I never thought I could turn this love into a career. I procrastinated, and I feared pursuing my purpose because someone once told me "you'll never make any money doing that, so stick to psychology", so I wasn’t sure if I should even take this fashion thing seriously.
I am so glad I didn't listen to that.
I started taking 1 or 2 classes a semester. Eventually, I kicked it into full gear once I was able to figure out how to balance working a full-time job and being a full-time student. This wasn't easy, but it afforded me so many amazing opportunities to work behind the scene with some major designers.
I find so much fulfillment in helping my clients look and feel great. It gives me the same feeling I had when I window shopped and discovered fashion at 15. That experience lit a fire in me, and it's still fueling me today. What fuels you? I'd love to hear your story.