as an independent designer on a mission towards zero waste, navigating the ever changing landscape of the fashion industry can seem daunting at times.
i started this business in my bedroom five years ago. after growing into a proper studio, designing 10 collections and selling to some of my favorite boutiques and specialty stores around the world, it was time to shake things up. i spent the better part of the past two and a half years in my garment district studio on west 35th street often working 80-90 hours a week, never quite being able to keep up with demand. i knew my business needed an overhaul but i didn't realize my whole life needed the overhaul until, one of my closest friends told me,
"you know, i haven't seen you outside your studio in over three years."
after two and a half years in the garment district i made the tough decision to close my studio in search of a new home.
if there's one thing i've learned, good things take time. a few years ago i got to know an incredible company called manufacture new york. the ceo and founder bob bland is on a mission to re-establish, re-locate and re-work the fashion industry in new york through bringing together designers, manufacturers, technology and promoting domestic production.
this past spring manufacture new york's chief of technology and research, the world renowned amanda parkes, reached out to me and asked if i would lend a zero waste eye to one of her projects, developing a new wearable technology.
WOULD I?? when can i start??
when i went to see amanda at m.n.y i was immediately stuck by the sweeping views of manhattan, the creative energy in the space and the light streaming though the wall to wall windows casting shadows after shadow across the concrete floors through rows of endless columns. not only had i found a way to bring zero waste out from my tiny studio and into a community, i had found a new home.
in late may of this year, i packed my studio and moved to this incredible place. thanks to bob, amanda and the team at manufacture new york, the space is bustling with like-minded designers, entrepreneurs and innovators. together we are navigating the vision for a new kind of fashion industry where anything is possible and zero goes to waste.