AB: Where were you born, and where did you grow up?
AS: I was born in Indiana, in the heart of America’s Midwest. When I was 8 years old, my family and I moved to an island off of the coast of Georgia, called St. Simons Island.
AB: What was your childhood like?
AS: My childhood was really idyllic when I look back on it. We drove a bright yellow Volkswagen jeep; the model was called “The Volkswagen Thing”. My father was an artist and we spent our weekends having breakfast on the beach – lots of sun, boating, sports and art. I have a very close family and we spend a lot of time together.
AB: Your earliest fashion related memory?
AS: Purple, plaid culottes! My grandmother bought them for me and I thought they were the chicest things in the world. Funnily, they’re very “on point” at the moment.
AB: Childhood dreams/ heroes?
AS: I always admired artists (Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe), writers/singers (Patti Smith), and actresses (I’ll be honest, the original cast of ladies on Charlie’s Angels.)
AB: When did you know you wanted to become a designer and launch your own label?
AS: I always knew I wanted my own business – all through school I was making scarves or belts, and selling them at a local boutique. But it was not until I moved to NYC that I really started hatching plans to have my own business one day. I gained some early business experience at Ogilvy out of college, and subsequently at American Express. In a way, I was plotting back then how I would put all that to work to have my own business one day.