HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH YOUNG & ABLE? WHAT DOES THE MISSION MEAN TO YOU A A DESIGNER?
There are so many emerging designers on the scene right now so platforms like Young & Able's are extremely helpful. It's nice to have consumers get a behind the scenes taste of what actually goes into producing a collection. This helps to create a better connection between designers and customers, which is great.
CAN YOU ELABORATE ON YOUR PARTICULAR DESIGN PROCESS? WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU PREFER? WHO OR WHAT DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM? HOW DOES THE ALL COME TOGETHER?
I start with a concept and then I begin researching extensively. I collect tons of images and create a mood board. I then begin sourcing materials based on my inspiration. Of course, I'm most drawn to cool yarns, but anything that's novel and has an interesting surface always catches my eye. Inspiration for me can come from anywhere - a film, a friend, what I ate for dinner; it can be anything. Once I have all this collected information, I can finally sketch.
WHAT DOES FASHION MEAN TO YOU?
Fashion is my passion and creative outlet. It's not only my artistic expression, but my self-expression.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MOST MEMORABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A DESIGNER?
-Being selected as one of Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion
-Getting into my first international boutique
-Seeing someone on TV wear a piece from the collection
-Deciding to leave my full-time job and commit 100% to my own business
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING FASHION DESIGNERS?
Try and gain as much real industry experience as you can before starting your own business. Know that running your own fashion line is probably 90% business and 10% design, so it wouldn’t hurt to take a business course…
Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. I wouldn’t be here without the support of my amazing family and friends. Attitude is EVERYTHING. My glass is always half full.