Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Born and raised in Queens, NY, I am the Founder and Creative Designer of SS House of Couture, LLC. I am a LantinX fashion mogul of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent building a legacy that will outlive the whims of today’s fashion trends. I am the manifestation of hard work, creative determination, and educational perseverance.
What makes you a visionary?
My daughters inspired SS House of Couture to create authentic programs that will empower women to pursue their dreams and find their true purpose in life. My programs via SS House of Couture have guided young children to build self-confidence, promote creativity in the arts. These programs included teaching students’ skill sets that afford them prominent positions in the fashion industry. I most recently donated masks to local hospitals in the wake of the COVID19 Pandemic and sat on a panel to encourage NYC Elementary Students to follow their passion. I am building a fashion dynasty for my children, so they too can take the skills handed down through generations and make something great happen for themselves and the community.
Share the 3 key steps that helped you bring your vision to life.
Passion, education and perseverance are the keys to my vision. I was introduced to the fashion industry as a young girl that traveled with my grandmother Nidia Cruz, a seamstress and pattern maker from the Dominican Republic. I frequently assisted my grandmother with sewing and material shopping. Through my many trials and tribulations, I knew that fashion was my passion. This powerful notion encouraged me to attend The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to fine-tune my skills in computer-aided drafting in fashion design and advanced sewing. I believe that hard work, faith and self-care place fire under my passion to persevere even in the hardest of times.
What is next for you in 2020?
I have two major events coming up. We will host 15 amazing female entrepreneurs for a Bosscation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in November. We will host excursions and business workshops for these lady bosses to obtain information and skills that will enable them to contend with major companies within their respective industries. SS House of Couture will participate in upcoming Fashion events in September from Fashion Night Out to Pop-Up Shops to virtual panels, it will be exciting!
The 1st Annual SS Fashion Expo will take us into May 2021. This event will be the wonderland for independent designers, fine artists, and musical artists to showcase their talents to the world in our Lower Manhattan event location.
How can readers connect with you online?
Please connect with me via Instagram @ss_hoc or my website at www.sshouseofcouture.com.