As Naomi Sauro was working on her Bachelor of Science in Fashion & Retail Management at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, she was also working to realize her dream of owning a business and designing women’s clothing. (Read part 1 to see how Naomi ended up pursuing a degree and how she discovered her passion for women’s clothing.)
In her spare time, she also attended the regional, biannual StyleWeek events, eventually befriending the president and founder of StyleWeek, Rosanna Ortiz Sinel.
One day, in passing, Naomi mentioned to Rosanna that she was interested in doing an installation for StyleWeek. Rosanna took Naomi’s idea one step further: she suggested that Naomi do a show. Though she knew it would mean more work, Naomi agreed.
“I left the meeting thinking, is this real? No it must be a dream,” says Naomi, who is now set to be one of only 14 designers showing at StyleWeek, which will take place from August 26-30, 2013 in the Boston area. By that time, she also expects to have completed her degree.
Naomi hopes showing at StyleWeek will allow her to build her clientele as she will be the only designer showing her looks on plus-sized female models. “This opportunity is amazing,” she says.
What’s also amazing is Naomi’s dedication to her business and her dream. “Running a business and creating clothing is very challenging, but I am willing to do what I need to do,” she says.
“I am motivated because I want to create clothing that women will love and wear because it makes them feel great,” she concludes, adding, “Motivation for me is knowing that, when I am done with school, I will have the knowledge to not only run a successful company but also to create clothing that makes sense."
Photo of Naomi's clothing above by William Downey; Jewelry by Luniac Glamour in East Greenwich, RI; Hair and makeup by Ashley Deitrick.
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