What was the inspiration for you to start your own label?
I always wanted to do it, but I was unsure of myself for a long time. Growing up in Texas being a fashion designer wasn’t a thing you could be. I went to college for computer science, if that gives you any idea. Then I ended up in the fashion industry and knew I wanted to design, but I was kind of unsure of myself, so I went back to school at FIT and learned everything technical I could possibly learn. Afterwards I started working for Camilla Staerk, and I knew I wanted to start my own thing, but I was being hesitant. Camilla was the one who really pushed me to start. She was like, “You’re ready. You’re going to do this.” Her believing in me that much was what pushed me to actually do it.
What moment in your life made you want to go back to school?
I think I was running out of excuses of telling myself why I couldn’t do this. And “I don’t know everything about pattern making,” was the last one. So I went and took all the technical and nerdy classes.
What sort of things inspire your designs?
All kinds of things: Art, music, film, books, people, movies, a lot of animals and biology. It could come from anywhere really. Most seasons it’s like several different things that may not seem to have anything to do with each other, but somehow in my head they do.
What’s a typical workday like for you?
It depends on the time of year, but these days I get up at 7am, have coffee, feed the animals, and take my dog out. I’m usually in the studio at 8:30am and it’s go-time from then on. I have an hour or two to work on drawing or patterns before everyone else gets here, and then it’s a lot of managing. That’s also when the emails start. The workday is a lot of managing and a lot of answering questions. Around 5pm it gets quiet again and I can work on designing.