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ALMA SACREDSPACE ... A QUIET BRAND THAT CUTS THROUGH THE NOISE OF FASHION

I designed a line of spiritual garments that support emotional wellbeing.

There is more to the story and the process, but I started my practice after studying medical intuition and receiving the anointing of a Tibetan Rinpoche, a Mexican Shaman, and a Reiki Master.
Designer for ALMA SACREDSPACE a bespoke line of spiritual garments.

Designer for ALMA SACREDSPACE a bespoke line of spiritual garments.

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SUSTAINABILITY PIONEER: In 1999, I launched a line in 100% organic cotton certified and natural indigo in collaboration with The Colours of Nature in India. We explored various dyeing and handloom weaving techniques with artisans and developed a line of fashion accessories, Spa loungewear, and home textiles.
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Sandals in organic cotton dyed in natural indigo, India

Sandals in organic cotton dyed in natural indigo, India

TIMELESS DESIGN: In 1997 I launched a women’s wear line with financial backers. I oversaw the entire operation, from design, sourcing, strategic planning, production, managing my team, and purchased my fabric and trims at major European trade shows. We also had a showroom in NY.
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Some of my strengths include design, sketching, illustration, trend research, inspiration boards, color direction, tech packs, full-scale layout for handbags, shoe design, home accents, trims, textile prints and hardware design in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Mood boards, original product design sketches, and illustrated CADs.

Mood boards, original product design sketches, and illustrated CADs.

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Home goods collection planning and design with a focus on textiles.

Home goods collection planning and design with a focus on textiles.

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Surface design- Textile repeats using illustrator and photoshop

Surface design- Textile repeats using illustrator and photoshop

Designer/ Owner Viva la Vida NY An  initiative promoting social good  by producing handmade products ( handbags, bicycle-baskets, hampers, baskets, decorative storage, etc.), developed through  “El Cereso” Prison Craft Program in Mexico , which teaches residents craft skills they can use to support themselves and their families when they return to society. The program is known for producing a range of beautiful, high-quality products that bring a message of hope.  Featured at Destination Mexico at MoMA and This Is Story in NY.

Designer/ Owner Viva la Vida NY
An initiative promoting social good by producing handmade products ( handbags, bicycle-baskets, hampers, baskets, decorative storage, etc.), developed through “El Cereso” Prison Craft Program in Mexico, which teaches residents craft skills they can use to support themselves and their families when they return to society. The program is known for producing a range of beautiful, high-quality products that bring a message of hope.
Featured at Destination Mexico at MoMA and This Is Story in NY.

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Illustrations #handsketching

Illustrations #handsketching

Sketching process #brainstorming

Sketching process #brainstorming

My design journey started in Milan. Right after high school, I studied BA in fashion design at the Istituto Marangoni, and at 19 I was already working for the best designer at the time, Romeo Gigli.
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Me with my friends and colleagues, Alexander McQueen, Norio Surikabe and Sami Tillouche at Romeo Gigli, Corso Como 10, MIlano, 1990

Me with my friends and colleagues, Alexander McQueen, Norio Surikabe and Sami Tillouche at Romeo Gigli, Corso Como 10, MIlano, 1990

ROMEO GIGLI STUDIO, Corso Como 10, Milano, 1990

ROMEO GIGLI STUDIO, Corso Como 10, Milano, 1990

Bill Cunningham   New York is a 2010   documentary film   directed by Richard Press, documented many of Romeo’s collections. Kirsten Owen on the cover of Details magazine wearing Romeo Gigli.

Bill Cunningham New York is a 2010 documentary film directed by Richard Press, documented many of Romeo’s collections. Kirsten Owen on the cover of Details magazine wearing Romeo Gigli.

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I bought a round trip ticket to NY and dropped off my portfolio at Donna Karan’s office without an appointment. Within a week, Donna hired me in person as an Associate Designer for her Signature Collection.
Donna Karan Spring 1993 Runway Collection

Donna Karan Spring 1993 Runway Collection

Donna Karan Collection, Spring 1993

Donna Karan Collection, Spring 1993

Cindy Crawford and Karen Mulder

Cindy Crawford and Karen Mulder

My desk at Donna Karan, working on textile designs. 550 7th Ave. NY 1991-1992

My desk at Donna Karan, working on textile designs. 550 7th Ave. NY 1991-1992

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Donna Karan’s design team: Xiomara Grosset, Edward Wilkerson and Carmen Artigas. Fit models Doreen and Gina Di Berardo. Textile team, Cristina Azario and Michelle Hrynda.

Donna Karan’s design team: Xiomara Grosset, Edward Wilkerson and Carmen Artigas. Fit models Doreen and Gina Di Berardo. Textile team, Cristina Azario and Michelle Hrynda.

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