Co-Founder & Creative Director
I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York with a degree in Textile Surface Design. Soon after acquiring my degree, I worked with some of the country’s leading design houses including Calvin Klein and J.G. Hook. After moving to Miami in the mid-90’s, I worked as a freelance muralist and decorator. Through mutual friends, I met renowned interior designer Stuart Geller who became a true inspiration/mentor and soon hired me to join the team at Stuart Geller Design Group.
I am passionate about creating, teaching and experimenting with fashion and decor. The kinds of projects I enjoy doing the most are the ones that require ingenuity and thinking outside the box. I love to transform things and give them a new twist. I am a strong believer in sustainability and the three Rs…Recycling, Reusing and Restyling. I love to challenge myself to see potential and possibility in everything. Life has Unlimited Possibilities’ is my mantra!
Growing up in Washington DC from Colombian parents, made me aware of the possibilities available in this great nation. My father’s career in international development opened my eyes to the social needs in the world at an early age. We heard his experiences from people all over Latin America who struggled, yet with minor interventions, their lives could be significantly improved. For example, a seed, a phone, a small loan, a bridge, or a class – things we take for granted - could make a clear difference in someone’s ability to survive.
I went on to study International Studies at American University and continued with the Translation and Simultaneous Interpretation Program at Georgetown University. Enjoyed passionately the launching of a social entrepreneurship that assisted Colombian artisans create luxury products. This knowledge guided me throughout my career and when the opportunity arose to impact women through the simple act of teaching them a skill and sparking a myriad of possibilities, I took it happily and Designlab Give was born.
Co-Founder, Planning & Development
Public Relations Director
I was born and raised in Montenegro. After spending my childhood in my home country, I pursued my BBA studies at The International Univerity of Geneva, Switzerland, acquiring a global network of world-changing individuals, and later working in diverse industries such as retail, hospitality, etc. With an interest in the fashion business, I expanded my knowledge in fashion retail by acquiring a local franchise for the Spanish brand "Women'secret".
After moving to the United States, this passion was reignited by meeting the team of DesignLab Miami, as well as my ever-growing need to bring real positive change in the world and taking interest in all the fields such as sustainability, new Earth-saving technologies in fashion production and fair labor in fashion production. Ever since, I have worked as a Project Coordinator and Instructor at the Designlab Miami, alongside starting my own Vintage Alchemy Studio project. So when the Designlab Give mission came into being, I had paired my love of fashion and social improvement to help the organization reach out to as many people who wanted to join DesignLab Give on its mission.
Director of Growth & Strategy
I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, living there for 11 years before moving to Miami, Florida. Before pursuing Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I studied Fashion Design at a magnet high school, where I had the privilege of meeting Angie, Paula, and Tijana. My switch to engineering stemmed from my desire to research and develop sustainable material alternatives, in polymers and textiles alike.
I was involved with DLG in 2017, traveling to Cartagena and truly understanding the impact of our work. I stepped away for some time to focus on my degree, intern at P&G for two summers, and found two start-up companies.
I am now extremely excited to contribute to DLG further than I was capable of doing so at the age of 16, with the knowledge I have gained in my past 3 years. I look forward to expanding DLG's scope across the world by adapting a Khan Academy approach.
Our Incredible Volunteers
Our volunteers are the soul of our organization. We have both teens and adults dedicating their time in any which way possible, truly believing in all that we do.
None of our work at DLG would be a reality without their dedication to our various endeavors.
Together, DLG has grown into what it is today. And we are grateful for them.
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