Where were you with your idea or business before joining Factory45?
Before Factory45 I attended Parsons in NYC, interned for sustainable designer Titania Inglis, and then worked at vegan fashion label Vaute. In the back of my mind, I knew I wanted to start my own line, but at Parsons we were told often that in order to be successful with your own company, you need to work for someone else for about 10 years. So I assumed anything I started would just fail miserably because I wouldn’t know what I was doing.
Then my family and I left New York and moved to the Bay Area. As usual, I was a total idealist and just assumed there would be a ton of ethical fashion companies that I could work for out here. There weren’t. I was frustrated, and honestly, I felt like I screwed myself over by leaving NYC. But then someone pointed out that what I had was an opportunity, not a loss. What if I started my own line, not later, but now?
So I started working on my own line every day when my son started Kindergarten. But without any real clue as to where to start, what to focus on, and in what order to do things, I quickly lost steam (and confidence). By the end of his school year I had a ton of half-completed patterns, lots of sketches, ideas and plans, and not much else to show for it. When I came across Factory45, I knew it was exactly the program I needed to join.