It is no wonder, that while my sister collected Barbie dolls and all of their gadgets, I spent my time creating new clothes for these dolls. (Come on!!! Who wants to wear the same clothes every day?!!) I even designed new dresses for our Barbie paper dolls out of old wall paper samples! Yep, I was the in-house designer and dress maker for my sister's Barbie village.
As many others who decided to immigrate to the United States for a better life, my parents, a beautician and a Civil Engineering graduate, have always been very enterprising. In the time it took for our family to be reunited, my father worked in different construction sites and eventually co-founded his first construction company. In the meantime, my mother owned and ran a beauty salon. At some point, before opening his business, my father found a small toolbox at a demolition site. It was filled with pliers, and beads and an idea sparked. He taught himself how to make trendy clip-on and dangly earrings, which he then sent to my mother in the Dominican Republic, where she would sell it to her friends and customers at her beauty salon. It was a perfect and organic collaboration.