I was born in Jerusalem. My father was a diplomat working for the United Nations and my mother was a school teacher. Due to my father’s career, my family moved quite frequently. I spent my teen years in Kingston, Jamaica until I turned 16 and my father was permanently stationed in New York City.
I enrolled in Traphagen School of Fashion, where I took intense courses in draping and pattern making. Upon graduating, I got an internship with Geoffrey Beene, working under the house’s head designer Alber Elbaz. Days were spent at Beene’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue, while nights were spent partaking in the very exiting club life of the early nineties. The first person to ever buy my clothes was Patricia Field, and wherever she and her crew went, I followed.
An internship at Giogio di Sant’ Angelo soon followed. To further quench my thirst for knowledge of clothing construction, I also worked part time at The Costume Institute at FIT, where I was privileged to work on restoring dresses by Charles James, Mdm Gres, and Christian Dior.
I entered the contemporary market with a small line called NH Collection. Barney’s was one of my very first accounts, as well as Fred Segal, Saks Fifth Avenue and Intermix. While it was an exciting time, I felt I had much more to learn about running a successful company. When the opportunity to work as Creative Director at Citizens of Humanity came up, it was a welcomed change of pace, as well as a good platform on which to study the business side of fashion.
While I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey in fashion, my first love for draping, sewing and construction has never left me. In fact, it has only intensified. I long for the kind of craftsmanship, technique and attention to detail that sparked so much fascination and wonderment in me early on, and with this new collection I hope to put out into the world of the knowledge, passion and love which I have acquired so far.