The idea for Pattern to Plan came to me when one of my Parsons Fashion Marketing students reached out to have me mentor her. Selina and her sister Carmen were planning to start a full-scale fashion business in their home of Lagos, Nigeria. That was 2012. Today the sisters have a thriving fashion design wholesale and retail business called Republic of Foreigner.
I had been supporting larger fashion brands, those maybe 3-5 years in business ---> Learn about the work I do with existing fashion companies.
But I wanted to support other start-ups like Selina and Carmen even remotely as I was based in NYC and they were returning to Nigeria. Thus the seeds for Pattern to Plan began to take shape.
Before my 10 year career as Assistant Professor at Parsons, The School of Fashion and as the Director of a Fashion Management Bachelor's program, I was an entrepreneur.
I built a thriving wholesale business and permanent showroom in Chicago, Illinois representing emerging fashion designers from all over the world. I opened and ran an emerging designer men’s and women’s boutique in Cleveland, Ohio. I worked hard during those years and loved every minute of it.
I gained a great deal of experience, which led me to other small companies where I worked as an importer, product developer, national sales manager and built an e-commerce website.
Stepping into education was a natural fit. It’s both entrepreneurial and structured, allowing me to share experiences and insights from a wide range of work from around the globe. At Parsons, I launched and developed the voice of the Parsons School of Fashion social media accounts for 5 years and created a space in our curriculum to include Social Media Marketing as a new discipline.
New businesses today can take on many forms.
We are in a very exciting moment in fashion business. With so many niche industries and change makers disrupting the fashion supply chain, I created Pattern to Plan for you, the fashion creative with an entrepreneurial desire.
I wholeheartedly support the newness in fashion business. My most recent project, “Fashion Shakedown”, showcases the amazing work being done around the world by fashion companies changing our industry.
It is my honor and privilege to serve emerging and young fashion businesses. Please reach out to me at any time. I look forward to hearing from you and welcome you to discover all that’s offered at Pattern to Plan.