From There to Here

I took my daughter to an open house at a local art and fashion school, the Academy of Art University. While she wasn’t convinced fashion was in her future,  I enrolled in the MFA program in fashion and textile design. Heaven had found me. I learned to design and sew everything that I dreamed. Along the way, my friends were surprised and encouraging. Nearly everyone said “great, please design for us.” These comments came from women who were leaders, strong women who have accomplished many goals. Without the media telling us, each of us had the same problem – clothes today are designed for an idealized body, exposing too much skin, and immature styling. Each of us had found that the only places to shop were high-end designers and paying exorbitant prices for basic clothing or shapeless clothing. I created Camilla Olson, the label, to dress women who want to be themselves, speak their truth, and look great while doing so. We offer a made-to-measure designer line, ready-to-wear day to dinner clothing and accessories. Who are “we?”  about a year ago a friend, Debbie, and I began talking about possibility of a new label. Debbie is a great sounding board who excels at keeping projects on time and on focus. Sherry is a marketing genius who knows intricacies of fashion from a consumer perspective. Jungah is a former classmate, carpool mate, and collaborator. We also have an expanding group of advisors including Adrienne, Simon, Michael, Ian, Gonbee, Derek, Mary, and Christina who bring brilliance and guidance to our path.