Big Things Often Have Small Beginnings
Posted on May 02 2017
At only 23 years old with her own company, Colette brings a new meaning to the phrase "Girl Boss," as she breaks into the New York Fashion scene with her first ever line of luxury intimate apparel. She is no stranger to hustling and facing tough competition, having been born and raised in New York by 2 immigrant parents who both became successful entrepreneurs and are living the American Dream. Upon graduating from university with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Corporate Finance, International Business and Economics, Colette made the decision to follow her parents' lead and carve her own path. Knowing the value of hard work and understanding what is involved in creating a successful company, she made the decision to take on the company by herself -- denying investors, potential partners, and crowd funding of any kind. Instead, Colette has become a self-made entrepreneur.
In head-to-toe black on black with her passport in hand, Colette set out to Florence, Italy for a semester abroad. Like the cliched American abroad, she found love, however she found it in fashion and was inspired by the world around her. Like a true driven New Yorker, she turned her vacation into a business model, and with guidance from her father and mentors, she launched Colette & Sebastian in 2017 at Curve NY. Her passion and sole involvement led her to taking night classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology. With her knowledge increasing, she began sourcing her raw material and manufacturers who were equally as invested in producing quality elegance with devotion and love. As a gratitude to where it all began, Colette created the “Classic Collection” using fabrics from Italy, where the dream of Colette and Sebastian was born. Right by her side through this process has been Colette’s expert photographer Mani Zarrin, good friend Ike Mamiye, along with the love and support of her father who is mentoring her along her journey to success. Colette & Sebastian is currently run by Colette herself along with her interns and team whom she considers family. Expect to see lots of brand development from Colette & Sebastian in the near future. Her focus is to continuously produce elegant, quality lingerie while pushing design boundaries with an expertise inspired collection.