Name: Rachel Mednick
Company: Lucy & Leo
As a child, Rachel Mednick began designing clothes for petite clients—her dolls. Now, she continues to design fashions for the smaller client, children, as the founder of Lucy & Leo, an organic childrenswear company.
Rachel learned how to sew from her mom on their household sewing machine. Throughout her schooling, her passion for design flourished.
“When I was in middle school is when it really hit me, one of my friends and I would spend hours sketching different designs and once I was in high school I was taking classes at FIT (Fashion Institute of technology) on the weekends,” Rachel said.
Rachel graduated from Drexel University in 2009 earning a bachelor of science in fashion design and merchandising.
The NYC fashion designer draws inspiration from vintage garments, favorite childhood stories and movies.
“For example, my upcoming fall/winter collection is inspired by a collection of vintage Wizard of Oz books,” she said. “Each collection I do becomes by new favorite.”
However, Rachel said she enjoys designing spring/summer most because of the prints and colors.
Rachel most often faces obstacles during the stages of product development of new pieces.
“I find asking for help when I get stuck is key,” she said. “I have a great patternmaker at my factory that I work with and when I get stuck with something she can help.”
Since designing is part of her business, Rachel has the opportunity to weave it throughout her everyday life, which she is grateful for.
“However, owning a business requires attention on a lot of different things so I only get to actually sit down and design a few days a year,” she said.
In regards to advice for future fashion designers and business owners, Rachel said, “Do a lot of internships, study abroad, ask as many questions as possible and talk to lots of people who do what you want to do. The more you can learn the better--never stop learning!”
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