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Meet Stephanie Navarrete

Hi Stephanie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
SnavaDesigns started with Art, transitioned to Fashion and explored with Travel. The concept started with me looking through family photo albums, reminiscing on old/good memories and living in the present. With the old Memories, I started translating them into paintings, then took it a step further into sculptures, other well known as ‘wearable art.’ Transitioning my personal Closet to a Sustainable one, I aim to create unique and personal pieces to wear. Exploring with Travel, all my family photos were of us traveling.

Hence, where my concept of ‘Curated Closet’ developed. Taking pieces, I have created over time with fabric scraps or exploration and wearing a piece a day. As well as wearing and promoting other designers and artist pieces in the mix. Overall, SnavaDesigns started as a personal pursuit, developing through old memories, and at the same time creating new ones with the ones I love.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing comes easy, and I have been learning that along the journey. Although the creative juice was flowing, I was held back with the business side of the brand. Although I went to a great college for fashion, the business side was left unheard of, because of that I had to learn everything online and by communicating with other designer friends.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My work is a mix of Fine Art: such as Paintings and Sketching, and Fashion Design: Clothing Construction and Fabric Manipulation. I specialize in incorporating my Artwork into my Design pieces, creating conceptual/abstract pieces. I am most known for my little people, lol sounds crazy however, it adds life to my clothing. As well as my Curated Closet trips, my followers love to tag along the journey to see what new places I travel to and see the new pieces I create. I am most proud of my senior collection, not one but both of my looks were chosen, and by the grace of God, I was able to open the FIT ‘Future of Fashion’ Show. What sets me apart is that this is my story and I am able to share it with others and include others in my journey.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Besides God, what makes me happy is living in the moment because we are not promised tomorrow. Hence, whether it is on a road trip with my family, or having a game night with my friends, or experiencing and discovering something new… these things fuel me to create my pieces. Emphasizing the importance of living in the moment, and hopefully, those happy memories translate and encourage my audience to do the same.

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Image Credits

FIT Future of Fashion Show Collaboration with Stylist Rebecca O’Rourke ** Photographer; @thedomdada Dominick Lewis Makeup: @king.kamate

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