When I started out I think that I had a touch of tunnel vision - I just wanted to earn some extra money and design pretty things. But, as the business grew, what I found was that the more collaboration that took place between designer and client, the more successful we became. So, it’s been an evolving process that changes a lot!
I remember it clearly. Standing in front of my mirror in my bra and underwear, analyzing my body. Every curve, dimple, wrinkle and bone stood out to me. I listed all the things that were wrong, that bothered me, and all the things I had to fix to be better, more attractive, and ultimately, happier. Not only did I list the negative physical traits, I went one step further. I was dealing with chronic pain at the time, between severe migraines, back pain and my recent diagnosis of endometriosis, I looked at my body like it was failing me. Not only did I not look ‘right’, I couldn’t heal, I wasn’t strong and I felt trapped in something that I didn’t want to associate with.
I Love Nice People is a clothing line started and inspired by the idea that "if people encounter the phrase “I Love Nice People,” in their everyday lives, the act of being nice will subconsciously become engrained. We are hopeful that this expression will eventually change people's attitudes and perceptions toward each other. We design and sell apparel and accessories with the simple phrase, “I Love Nice People.” We hope that by being exposed to the phrase, whether you are passing by it or wearing it, a thoughtful reaction will occur and make you act with kindness in your everyday encounters."
The Ivory Bow Company is a luxury monthly subscription box and online boutique designed to celebrate women, the lives they lead and the milestones they mark. It is our privilege to pamper brides, bridesmaids, #girlbosses, new moms and besties during the most meaningful time in their lives and we take this responsibility very seriously.
Artistic expression, a concept that has been instilled in my heart and mind from a very young age, is one of the main forces that has guided me through the past three decades. As a child, I was exposed to heavy subject matters as all four of my grandparents were survivors of the Holocaust. Since my siblings and I were so young, my grandparents and parents used poetry, art and cinema to tell stories of inexplicable horror as well as lessons of perseverance.
It’s easy to discount these stories in the lives of everyday women; after all, most of us aren’t negotiating multi-million dollar contracts in the entertainment industry. However, tales of women fighting for equality versus their male peers should always serve to motivate us, and we take inspiration where we find it.
Some of the most terrifying moments in my career have also been the most gratifying. Impostor syndrome seems to be so pervasive particularly among millennials, and I have definitely always shouldered a lot of that self-doubt. But recently, I’ve learned how to channel that anxiety into something far more constructive.
I started my company during the end of my senior year as a Fine Arts major at the University of Southern California. I started off by creating a simple website, and hosting trunk shows at my sorority house! After seeing the overwhelming response of my friends and classmates, I think I could feel I had something special on my hands.