"...Growing up in California with a creative family of 7, the sewing machine was always humming in my home. Fascinated from the start, by 4 years old I had successfully convinced my Mama to give me lessons (a floral sundress with ducks on the straps was my first completed look!)..."
Throughout my life I've always loved fashion, but also never had quite enough money, and so the thrift store became my go-to Saturday afternoon entertainment. Evenings in high school were spent deconstructing bridesmaids dresses from the 1970s, whipping together my wardrobe from vintage scraps, and piecing together my ballet costumes and prom gowns.
At the age of 18, I scraped together enough scholarships and loans to go to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, where I blissfully absorbed the ins and outs of how to properly make patterns and tailor complex garments. There I fell in love with design more than ever. Here too began my exposure to the garment industry on a professional level, which revealed some ugly truths.
"...In an industry built on consumption and clearly feeding on women's insecurities, how can I keep creating things that I love and also feel spiritually fulfilled by my work?..."
It took me over a decade, several design jobs, the building and closing of one business, near bankruptcy, and innumerable tears, to begin to answer that question.
Designing wedding gowns was always my ultimate dream. I might not have ever reached for that dream fully had it not been for the sincere encouragement of dozens of early clients who believed in me. They lifted me up and spurred me on to dive in deeper.
Now, after over 10 years of making bridal gowns, I've realized this: as a designer, nothing makes me as happy as helping a woman feel like the very best version of herself. I love to help dissolve deeply seated fashion-related stresses and allow fashion to be fun again. The joy I share with my brides is what keeps me motivated, season after season.
Early studio days in Brooklyn with my 4 week old son (Jan 2014)
Feeling on top of the world at Etsy HQ