The journey to Gallerista

Hi ya'll! It's so good to have you here. I'm a former VP of a national art gallery chain who missed her posh power player outfits after leaving the gallery scene, and decided to do something about it.

When I was a little girl, starting from the age of 5, I've been dreaming of becoming a fashion designer. I would draw these models on paper napkins and bring them to my grandfather for critiquing. Grandpa would put on a serious face and exclaim things like: "This is an outfit from France, or this could be the next national costume of Georgia." It felt so amazing to get that affirmation and I kept piling on stashes of those sketches for years.

This was back in the Soviet Union, which our family left when I was 13. When it was time to apply to colleges, my mom took me to an artist, miraculously pulled out those stashes of sketches she kept in a cookie box, and asked what I would need to get ready for my portfolio.

An academic artist told her I would need to learn everything in order to become a great fashion designer, I would need to know how to sketch and paint, and understand things like composition and color fields. I learned how to paint portraits, landscapes and still life. I got accepted into art schools with great scholarships, but no fashion schools wanted me as I didn't know how to sew.

Twenty years later, after having worked in the gallery world, sold my art to tons of high profile clients, and having my teaching studio garner a Best of Boston award, I kept having visions of unique outfits come to me every morning in the shower. I didn't quite know what to do about them until I spoke with a business mentor, who said: "If your subconscious wants you to do something, you do it." And do I did.

I worked with a wonderful international crew. A woman from Argentina helped me with my flat pack designs. An insightful girl from the Philippines guided me in my social media channel development. I found the most gracious Brazilian couple to create samples for me, and a beautiful duo of a Russian photographer and model to capture this first line as it was coming into existence.

I hope you enjoy this labor of love. Please do not hesitate to write and ask any questions, and we will do our best to customize pieces as much as possible.




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