I have always been creative, and learned to sew at a young age. I was taught by my grandmother (Nana) and my mom (Tama). I have always loved fashion, and at a young age moved to New York City. I had the opportunity to intern for designer , which was an amazing experience.
To tell you why I became a designer would have to be because of my of being a little girl (about 4) and dancing around in my Nana’s silk bed sheets (my cape), adorned with her costume jewelry. I felt like a princess. My Nana has collected jewelry from my family generations back, and I felt like each piece had a story. This inspired me to use antiques in my pieces. I love textures, antiques, fabric and jewelry. Together, these form my concepts for my collection– Making every woman feel beautiful.
I started the company in 2009, shortly after my mom passed away from Cancer. She was my best friend, and my biggest supporter. She was an artist herself, and she told me to follow my dreams and be creative. This motivated me to leave the marketing/PR world that I worked in for over 5 years. She has changed the course of my life, and I’m so excited for what the future holds. The name Lips was actually the nickname that she gave me when I was little, then my little girl (her grand daughter).
My other passion is to support organizations that fight human trafficking. Set Hope Free. This is a project that I’m so passionate about. It’s about redeeming women who have been held captive and have been sold into slavery. Human trafficking doesn’t just happen in other countries, but in our cities. Please know that each item you purchase contributes to a care package that is being sent to help these women reclaim their dignity. To make them feel beautiful again. To learn more, go to http://www.iamchange.org/and see what we are doing.”
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This will be open for two weeks- last day to enter is March 6, 2010, midnight EST. Winner will be randomly selected.