In early 2010 I landed a job in the Condé Nast digital photography studio in NYC. As an internal studio that serviced all the CN publications I found myself having face time and exposure to all the photo editors. Without a trust fund to finance my personal wardrobe I was in a pretty tough spot to keep up with my new work peers. The fear of finding yourself in the elevator with Anna Wintour or another editor was quite the motivation.
I quickly started sketching designs for my new fashion “uniform”. Pretty soon after with the guidance of friends in fashion production, I was able to launch a small capsule collection of little black dresses made from sandwashed silk crepe de chine. Every style was locally designed, sourced, and produced in Manhattan.
The lookbook was photographed and styled by me with the intent that each piece was a starting block, a blank canvas. It was up to the individual to add a blazer, scarf, belt, layered shirts etc to make each look their own. In this way, there were infinite possibilities for completed looks.
Within one season my dress line was sold in Steven Alan in the West Village, Albertine NYC, In God We Trust and Frances May. All styles sold well with positive feedback and press in Lucky Magazine, Daily Candy, R29, among other numerous blogs.
After a few subsequent seasons I needed to put the line on hold and have a family and move from NYC to Portland. I relaunched in SPRING OF 2016 with a more wearable collection which nearly sold out at Frances May.
I am now exploring the world of textile design and hope to launch future collaborations.
Any piece can be custom ordered and patterns can be licensed.
More patterns to come!