As young as five years old, I was sketching clothes in small notebooks. At the age of six, my grandmother taught me how to sew, and I fell in love; it became impossible to pull me away from my sewing machine. My mom would even check on me at night to ensure I was sleeping and not sewing. At the age of eight, my first fashion business, LOXO (Lots of Hugs and Kisses) was born. I sold self-made pillows, phone cases, and recorder cases at local charity benefits, and I donated a portion of the proceeds. Simultaneously, I was learning how to keep my inventory, take orders, and appeal to my customers.
My craving for fashion grew with age. I began to create clothing, even designing my Bat Mitzvah dress. By eighth grade, my passion strengthened, so I began taking Saturday classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC. Those courses were just the beginning, and since then I have soaked up every opportunity to surround myself with similarly passionate people, from FIT to Parsons School of Design to a three-week summer fashion program at Cornell University.
Along the way, I discovered that my high school did not have its own fashion club; I knew I had to do something, so in tenth grade I founded the Fashion For A Cause club. The club combined my love for design with my core belief in doing good. The club brought about an unexpected perk: an opportunity to sell my designs at West, a local boutique in Westport, CT. Now I continue to design and sell my clothing online as I continue my immersion at FIT NYC.