After having a successful career in the fashion jewelry business starting as designer, and evolving to trend forecaster, design director, business entrepreneur, and consultant, for companies such as Trifari, Swarovski, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Chico’s brand, I turned my attention to following my passions and established my own business (dream come true), ‘Restored by Design’ (in 2010).
Always loving clothes and dressing stylishly on a limited budget, I had collected many (sitting in the back of my closet), that became memories...things I loved but didn’t wear....I made a rule for myself; if I haven’t worn it for 2 seasons, I either upstyled it or “out it went”... Because I know how to sew, I would have fun reinventing, being creative... inspired by the designer pieces I would see in the marketplace, I would make my own, but more importantly, it felt good to recreate, save my clothes from a landfill, repurposing them would give me a unique piece with a new twist. So began my journey towards my own business... all the while creating jewelry.
Restored by Design creates one of a kind ethical clothing and accessories with a purpose. My purpose is to be a sustainable brand by USING UP preloved found materials, bygone parts, natural materials, industry excesses and dead stock, and hints of vintage, keeping them out of landfills. Very much inspired by nature, I’m on a mission to save this planet one piece at a time...I respect and honor the art of creativity and value of hand work, made in America. I recently relocated to Saranac, New York where I balance my time between my garden and my studio!
Handmade repurposed clothing and accessories are reinvented into unique boho chic looks because I love mixing media - textures, patterns, materials and color, with a romantic flavor. I primarily focus on custom design, and commissions, as well as offering sustainable services such as alterations, personalized wardrobe consultation, teaching classes, and upstyling from your closet giving your closet some TLC for a more sustainable future. I have presented my art to wear original collections at various fashion shows in Providence, RI, Boston, MA, and NYC Fashion Week.
Currently some of my pieces are available in my Etsy Shop, via Instagram or on my website.
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Shop at www.restoredbydesign.com or www.Etsy.com/shop/restoredbydesign
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