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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, and by the time I was in college, I was making clothes and creating my own unique wardrobe. Although I majored in health (because that's what you do when you're from a small town),  I began teaching myself design and 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.