What influenced you to become a designer?
"I love to design and feel very happy when I'm able to be creative and in charge of my vision. I knew I did not want to work for a big corporation, so I decided to intern for smaller, independent brands. I worked for a couple women, who were around my age, who were working very hard, handling all the aspects of their business, and I felt inspired to do the same."
"I try not to focus too much on what other designers are doing. When designing a collection I try to stay as true to myself as possible, and I think if you do that then you'll always stand out in some way. Other than that, all of our pieces are made in the U.S., and the number of designers who produce locally are far too few."
"My mom taught me how to sew when I was younger. I would make costumes for plays my friends and sister would perform in our yard. Years later, I went to FIT and studied design."
"I think interning is really important. Interning for a smaller and relatively new company can give you an intimate look at the incredible amount of work that is involved in designing a collection and running a business. If the company is based in New York, you'll probably learn how to find your way around the Garment District, too."
"Everywhere. Vintage clothes have always been very inspirational to me, though. I mostly wore vintage growing up, because I loved the attention to detail and faded colors."
What is your favorite season for fashion, and why?
"I like spring most. Maybe it's because of the pastel colors I like to use or because little, spaghetti-strap dresses are my favorite. I like to design things I could picture wearing to a picnic, and spring is perfect for that."
"I don't really think about this too often. I'm most excited when I see my girlfriends wearing my pieces."
"I'd love to. I've offered larger sizes during preorders online, but I don't usually get orders for anything beyond sizes 10 or 12, so I get a little discouraged. But I'd love to if I get enough requests."
"I don't focus too much on trends, so probably none unless it's by accident."