Jamie Costello is Philadelphia-born and bred. That's where she went to college - earning as Associate Degree in Fashion from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Jamie left the city of Brotherly Love for the Big Apple, where she's lived and worked for several years. But it's her very personal story that she shares with us. Our first transgender guest, Jamie takes us on her journey, when at the age of 4 she knew she was different and also knew it was something she couldn't tell her parents. Join us for this empowering and important conversation.
Shannelle Armstrong Fowler, Entrepreneur
Shannelle Armstrong Fowler is the owner and founder of Haute & Co. Bridal Boutique, Chicago's only luxury plus size bridal shop that caters to women sizes 14-32. By the way, the average woman in the U.S. happens to be a size 16. Shannelle is also the star of the PeopleTV series, "The Perfect Fit." It follows a dozen curvy women as they search for their 'perfect' wedding dress. We cover a lot of ground with this fashion entrepreneur and body positive advocate.
Sugandh Agrawal, Vegan Fashion Designer
Meet visionary and fashion activist, Sugandh Agrawal who shares with us her "American" dream story. Born in India, she moved to the U.S. to attend college and work in the industrial design field. And... it is here that she founded Gunas, an ethically-sourced, 100% vegan line of luxury handbags, backpacks, wallets, totes, satchels. That means no silk, no fur, no wool, no down feathers, no leather. Gunas products are made from a variety of fabrics and in sweatshop-free environments. What began as a NYC-based label in 2010, Gunas has gone global. You don't want to miss this inspiration conversation.
Deirdra Jones, Designer
When in a restaurant, how much attention do you pay to the outfits worn by the wait staff? Probably, not much. That's so not the case for Deirdra Jones. Along with her husband, they founded Jones of Boerum Hill, a high-end uniform and apron company to: "fill a void in the market for a workwear company to take a more fashion forward approach to uniforms and aprons." And have they ever! Their line can be found in top bars, restaurants and hotels all over the world. Meet and get to know yet another creative woman.
Holly Hynes, Costume Designer
Talk about a creative woman! Costume designer Holly Hynes has a whopping 250 ballets to her credit, more than 70 with the New York City ballet where she served as Director of Costumes for 21 years. Holly’s designs have been worn by dancers around the world including: The Bolshoi, London’s…