Readers may know you as the Co-Founder of Nineteenth Amendment, but tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a creator by trade. A tri-citizen. A twin. I love to make beautiful, meaningful things come to life and that’s what I do at Nineteenth Amendment.

Previously I worked as: a strategy consultant for the Department of Defense, a business owner of a Kauffman Grant company, a Project Manager for an Ad Agency, and an entrepreneur-in-residence at a Venture Capital company

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion means commitment. Fashion is a relationship. Every time you buy a piece of clothing you are committing to time, money, opportunity cost, storage space, love, etc. Seriously! Aside from the cost to purchase, you are signing up to have something at least for a few months, if not a year…if not a lifetime! That’s longer than some people’s relationships. It should mean a lot. It’s a big deal to me and I think about my relationship with a piece of clothing every time I make a purchase or put it on.

When did you develop a love of fashion?

I am a twin so fashion has always been a big part of identity whether I like it or not. My parents used to do the typical twin thing a.k.a. dress us up in matching outfits so, when I became a teenager, clothing became crucial to how I would differentiate myself and that’s where I developed a love for fashion.

How would you describe your style?

My twin sister (also our Creative Director) would say “artsy politician” which is probably close to correct. I like amazing clothing but I am always the type of person who wants my actions and personality to be the thing people walk away with rather than the type of dress I was wearing…so I tend to do understated statements if that’s not too much of an oxymoron. I think both these pieces are good examples of this. They seem plain, except for key details like dramatic cutouts or faux fur!

Your biggest fashion faux pas, or a regrettable purchase / style phase:

I had some maroon, pipe stove, plaid pants in high school. I regretted that for a while and then tartan came back in a season ago and I missed them. This just confirms that trends are pointless, no matter what age, and you should wear what you want – what is practical, personal, and perfect for you.

What is your go-to power outfit?

I love a good blazer. A good pant. Really it’s about the cut for me. Structures and flattering which is why Kheops is such a great silhouette for me since I have a curvy silhouette.

Describe your morning routine/ At 9am each day, you are…

Just getting out of the gym, hoping my hair looks OK, answering emails, and putting on a Nineteenth Amendment designer outfit to share with the world!

On Sunday, we’ll find you wearing:

A giant fuzzy robe. It was my Christmas present – what do you get the person in fashion? Something not fashionable.

What’s the one garment you’ll never give away?

Anything by Nineteenth Amendment and our designers!

What excites you most about Nineteenth Amendment?

Everything! But especially the creativity. I love that we are helping talented people bring their stuff to market in the smartest way possible. I love everything we put out and I hope you do too!

What spoke to you about the garment you chose to wear?

I choose the Kheops Electric Blue Pencil Dress dress and Sara Di Salvo’s Faux Fur Coat. The Kheops dress I wore because I loved blue and the cutouts. I also wore her Off the Shoulder Ruffle Dress to our Holiday preview event and LOVED what her silhouettes do for hourglass shapes so I had to try her other dress. For Hot!Couture, I don’t usually do fur but we shot this on New Years and I wanted something warm and daring and I honestly ended up falling in love with the coat. It was the coat/cut out combination that made it an outfit to remember.

ABOUT KHEOPS, THE TEMPTATION

Inspired by the strong, independent, and feminist women symbolized by strong unicolor fabrics and sharp geometric lines, this collection is the reflection of femininity and sensuality. Provocative cutouts, intense colors, attractive shapes, this all invokes the feeling of temptation.

ABOUT SARA DI SALVO, HOT!COUTURE

This collection takes inspiration from the Victorian era with intricate custom patterned fabric of a Victoria woman cut in city-living silhouettes. It is high-hand fashion, proudly produced with an Italian point of view.

 

Nineteenth + Seventh is a monthly feature bringing cutting-edge fashions from our global designers to your favorite tastemakers. Our goal? To help tell their stories through our designers’ clothing. We believe that fashion is at its best when many voices–from independent designers to bloggers, stylists, and connoisseurs–make themselves heard. Interested in sharing your fashion story? Email us letting us know you’d like to participate.

 

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