"I believe fashion is the unspoken language of self expression, and that my designs expands a woman's vocabulary without saying a word."
You can say I was born into Fashion.
Born in the fashion capital, New York City to Jamaican born Parents. My fashion influence began very early, by a very fashionable mother who took me along her shopping trips exposing me to some of the finest fashions that New York department stores and boutiques had to offer. I was also blessed to have a very glamorous Grandmother who sewed her own evening wear creations. She first exposed me to the art and process of creating clothing. It's no wonder that it wasn't long before I started doing creative things with fashion. By the age of nine when asked what I wanted to be when I grow up I declared " I want to be a Fashion Designer". I'm not even sure if I knew what a Fashion designer really did. However, I did know that fashion Designers made pretty clothes and pretty clothes made people look and feel good.
I began my fashion career at the age of 15 by modeling on the fashion runways. At age 16 I was accepted to Fashion Institute of Technology's (F.I.T.) fashion design program and on my way to fulfilling my dream of becoming a Fashion Designer. In 1983 I was accepted into F.I.T.'s inaugural Fur design and Marketing BS degree program. It was there that I fell in love with furs. After completing the program in 1985 I worked in New York fur industry ('Fred The Furrier' for Alexander, Davellin Furs, and Macy's Fur Salons 'The Fur Vault') for several years until relocating to Miami, FL.
From 2009-2013 I had the honor of teaching Fashion Design to incarcerated women , as part of the reentry vocational certificate program for the Florida Department of Corrections. Today I employ some of these same women.
No matter how I am expressing my creativity through fashion, it is my mission to use fashion as a vehicle to empower women and help make dreams come true.