Since I was raised in the Lower East Side of New York City and have lived here for most of my adult life, I’m used to a vibrant and diverse environment. My main inspirations are living in the city, music, entertainment, and pop culture. The sounds, conversations, and energy of this great city inspire me to create fashion forward apparel.
The diversity in my vision is based on living in an urban environment. When I think about designing clothing, I envision city dwellers, who encompass a broad spectrum of individuals. Younger, older, men, and women, anyone interested in wearing quality clothing and who dress like they live in a metropolitan setting. With all the hustle and bustle around us, city dwellers engage with their environment and take advantage of all that is offered. This is what inspires me.
You can see the multitude of styles and be inspired while riding the fourth busiest rapid transit rail system, the New York City Subway. Here you see and experience fashion like no other place. It’s also such an inspiring and motivating experience when you ride the train because with each person who steps into the train car brings their own sense of style and show the essence of the urban lifestyle.
I have not been disappointed when I ride the train and am checking out everyone’s sense of (or lack of) style. Self expression is the true definition of New York City and you can see it on everyone around you no matter which train line you take or neighborhood you end up in. Some strap-hangers (people who ride the NYC subway system) are Fashion Risk-Takers. They dare to be different. The color combinations I sometimes see are daring and nothing you would think about. I am always amazed by the style and trendy minds of the individuals around me.
It never fails, after riding the subway I am forever encouraged to create clothing for the urbanites who live for fashion. It’s no wonder why I believe the subway style is the true inspiration beyond what’s called fashionable. If you love fashion, come to New York City and ride the Iron Horse and be inspired. The term “strap-hangers” will never really do it for me, I prefer “Subway Style Urbanites.”
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