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Steph Ivelisse

“Focused Freedom”



"The Tela(fabric) Collection is deeply rooted in my family's connection to textiles. My abuelita, a self-taught seamstress, dedicated 77 years to this craft, using her skills to make ends meet in the Dominican Republic. Every year, my mother and her sisters eagerly awaited the special dresses she lovingly created for them each year. My aunt, fresh from DR and still learning English, embarked on a sewing journey of her own and began working at an alterations shop. Her path took a surprising turn when she impressed an interior designer with her work on a roman shade, leading to the establishment of her own luxury draperies business in 1987. Surrounded by these remarkable women, I draw inspiration from their artistry with fabric, incorporating this cherished medium into my work today. The fabric used in these pieces is a gift from my aunt, a symbol of our shared passion for creativity and the enduring bond of family."




Focused Freedom

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