A South Carolina native, I was always fascinated with clothes and textiles. My mother and grandmother were seamstresses, and I admired that entrepreneurial spirit when selling their work. Beyond the patterns, I wanted to know design from concept to creation. Much of my early work was aided by their hands, but by the time I was in college, I was making clothes for me and my friends all on my own. Although I majored in health (because that's what you do when you're from a small town), I began teaching myself design and even gained a few clients. However, I felt I should do more. I left SC behind to pursue a career in fashion in New York City. I was accepted and attended the prestigious Parsons The New School for Fashion Design. Because it was insanely expensive, I took the classes I needed then dropped out. I decided to specialize in casual womens and menswear. I interned for premier labels like Tracy Reese and obtained employment with a major fashion retailer.