Michigan Avenue Magazine

by | Feb 28, 2018

While my studio is in New York City, Chicago is where I was born and have lived my entire adult life. Chicago has been called the “Windy City,” “Second City,” “My Kind of Town, the “City of Big Shoulders,” and “The City that Works” among others. But I like “The City that Works” most because of the resilience and hard-working attitude it conveys. After all, Chicago is the city that rebuilt itself after the “Great Chicago Fire” in 1871.  The fire destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles of the city and left more than 100,000 residents homeless. In the days and weeks that followed, donations poured in from around the country and abroad. New York City alone gave more than $450,000 in clothing and provisions to help Chicago rebuild. And the “Big Shoulders” of Chicago got to the work of rebuilding.

I too have had to rise from the ashes of a tragedy. I’m inspired by examples of resilience all around me every day and am exhilarated as I walk down magnificent Michigan Avenue, and past the old Water Tower that survived the Great Chicago Fire — much like I have survived a “fire.”

Rebuilding my personal life has come full circle and back to my hometown. I’m proud to announce our partnerhsip with Michigan Avenue Magazine where I can showcase my fashions in “My Kind of Town.”

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