Daniela Kucher was raised by Russian refugees who sought political freedom from their home country. Her parents moved to New York City in the late '70s to start a family, and find a better life. Years later, Kucher began looking for other first-generation American women like herself — those whose families came to the United States and brought with them their native values, traditions, and aesthetics.
In September, she launched First Generation Fashion, a style blog and photography project that catalogs women across a variety of ethnic backgrounds, and tells their stories. "Growing up first-generation American meant learning English as a second language, loving food others can't pronounce, and having access to my mother's incredible closet of treasures," she explains on the site. "In a city that represents a microcosm of the world, being a New York native is often synonymous with being of international descent."
Ahead, nine first-generation women featured on Kucher's website reveal how their families wound up in New York City — and what impact it has had on everything from their closets to their identities.