MY STORY: I always feel the need to be blatantly honest so as the year is coming to a close, I want to share that I’ve decided not to complete my fashion design program. It is a 2 year program and I have now completed a year and a half. A few weeks ago, I was still deciding whether I should complete it for the certificate or go on to create my own project with the knowledge I’ve acquired.
There were many factors that lead me to my decision to leave school. I came to the conclusion that I didn’t feel the need to put myself through the last and most intense semester, because I attended to learn all that I already had. Of course I would still improving my skills, but the last semester would more likely consist of pumping out garments weekly rather than learning-based projects. In addition to that, I feel burned out by the early and numerous hours I’ve put into projects. Don’t get me wrong, I truly still enjoy making garments. I just enjoy making ones that are my style and without rigid rules on various elements my garment requires.
Another factor was my experience in my previous work place. It really put a damper on my view of the fashion industry. I know I cannot take that experience and place them on all fashion companies but at this point, I feel a bit disappointed in the realities of this industry. I feel that I need time to digest all that I’ve gone through and will update you when I come to my decision. I want to take this time to thank you for following my journey whether it was when I just started studying fashion design or more recently. I am grateful for your continued support :)
SHIN + NA'S STORY: Haeshin and Hanna are the founders of Shin + Na, which offers elegant yet functional everyday pieces. It all started when they met in sophomore year of high school and bonded over their mutual love for timeless fashion. After high school, they went their separate ways. Haeshin studied graphic and interior design, where she challenged herself with merging branding, style, and functionality. Hanna went on to study fashion in Tokyo, Japan where she was immersed in the beauty of Japanese culture, landscape, and design. Reconnected at a wedding, Haeshin and Hanna came to realize that they shared a desire to create simple everyday pieces. Over the next few years, they worked on developing Shin + Na, and eventually launched in 2017.