Back in the days when I was a little kid (about four or five years old), growing up in the “country of New Mexico”, we were poor. We were really poor, and there was no money for pretty clothes, shoes or any decoration of any kind.
Now, this was OK, because no one else had anything fancy either, but somehow, I knew that there were really pretty things out there, in fancy stores…. and I wanted that stuff!
Every weekend I would stay up all night. I was either sewing or knitting an outfit that was really outrageous, colorful and eye catching. I would wear it to school the next week and get lots of attention. To my surprise most of the attention was positive.
These expressions and yearnings to be noticed and pretty, were really the beginnings of a design career. I realized that I had a passion and love of all things handmade and unusual.
My old Granny taught me to hand sew, use a sewing machine and knit when I was four. My other Grandma, the fashionista, taught me to shop in second-hand stores for antiques and vintage wear. These” skills” came together to form a design philosophy and style that has never left me.
I never knew, back then, that there was a career called "designer", but this love of the history, cultural celebration and all things wearable has lasted a lifetime and continues to grow with each new discovery.
Clothing really does influence and express who we are, how we feel about ourselves and what we would like others to think of us. It is a wonderful creative expression and can actually make others feel good about themselves!!
Making others feel good is not a bad way to make a living, and that's why I made it my business. Talk to you soon, have a Happy Holiday.