A CALIFORNIA NATIVE, I WAS BORN TO YOUNG ADOLESCENT PARENTS WHO NEVER GOT THE CHANCE TO LOVE ME. GROWING UP A WARD OF THE STATE WAS AT TIMES A BIT CHALLENGING, BUT IM AN ADAPTER, I ADAPT TO MY ENVIRONMENTS IN ORDER TO REMAIN SANE AND KEEP PUSHING FORWARD. I BECAME AN ADAPTER AFTER MY FIRST 10 OR SO FOSTER HOMES WHICH CHALLENGED ME TO GROW UP FAST BECAUSE I KNEW MOMMY AND DADDY WEREN'T GOING TO BE THERE TO HOLD MY HAND THROUGH THE THICK. I WASN'T INTERESTED IN FASHION AS A KID, THE ONLY TIME I WAS INTO FASHION AS A KID WAS WHEN I JUDGED THE HORRENDOUS OUTFIT SOME LADY AT CHURCH HAD ON, BUT WHO WAS I TO JUDGE ? I'M JUST SOME KID IN HAND-ME-DOWNS, ANYWAYS I WAS MORE INTO MESSING AROUND ON THE COMPUTER TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT ALL OF IT DID AND GOING THROUGH MY FOSTER MOM'S UNDERWEAR DRAWER JUST TO PLAY WITH HER "MOTOROLA STARTAC" WHICH OF COURSE WAS NEVER CHARGED, BUT I DIDN'T CARE BECAUSE WITH THE IMAGINATION I HAD.. THE WORLD WAS MY OYSTER. I REMEMBER GOING ON A TRIP WITH MY FOSTER DAD TO DONATE CLOTHES AT THE LOCAL SALVATION ARMY AND LOOKING THROUGH THE BOXES OTHER PEOPLE DROPPED OFF AND I SAW A DEVICE THAT LOOKED LIKE A LAPTOP, WHICH IMMEDIATELY SPARKED A PLEAD TO MY FOSTER DAD ABOUT HOW ALL THE OTHER KIDS HAD ELECTRONICS OF THEIR OWN AND HOW IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME TO BE THE OWNER OF MY VERY OWN LAPTOP, AND IT WORKED... HE SAID YES! SO I RAN AS FAST AS I COULD TO GRAB IT AND OF COURSE LIKE THOSE DREAMS YOU HAVE OF OWNING SOMETHING YOU REALLY WANT ONLY TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE IT WAS JUST A DREAM,  YES! THIS DEVICE TURNED OUT TO BE JUST A WAFFLE MAKER. IT WAS AT THAT MOMENT I BECOME OBSESSED WITH THE IDEA OF OWNING SOMETHING I COULD SAY WAS ALL MINE. I WAS SO OBSESSED WITH THE IDEA THAT I WOULD TAKE THE SCREEN OFF MY WINDOW AND PRETEND I WAS SELLING STUFF TO MY SIBLINGS IN HOPES TO EARN ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY SOMETHING TANGIBLE AND WORTH BRAGGING ABOUT, BUT THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT SO WELL SO I HAD TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD, SO WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR MY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO ANNOUNCE ITS YEARLY CHERRYDALE FUNDRAISER I TOOK FULL ADVANTAGE OF IT AND MANAGED TO RAISE A LITTLE OVER $300 BY GETTING MY RAZOR SCOOTER AND GOING DOOR TO DOOR AROUND MY NEIGHBORHOOD. I WAS SO EXCITED BECAUSE I WAS SURE THAT I WAS GOING TO BE ABLE TO REDEEM MY EARNINGS IN EXCHANGE FOR SOME COOL GADGET THEY HAD GLORIFIED AT THAT TIME, BUT MY FOSTER MOM SAW ME AS A CHILD IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH A BUNCH OF 20'S AND PERSONAL CHECKS AND GAVE THE MONEY BACK TO THE SCHOOL BECAUSE SHE WAS UNSURE ABOUT MY PARTICIPATION SO I WAS DISQUALIFIED, BUT I DIDN'T GIVE UP! A YEAR OR TWO LATER MY NEIGHBOR DOWN THE STREET WHO WAS ABOUT THE SAME AGE AS ME THOUGHT OF AN IDEA TO RAISE MONEY TO BUY THE NOKIA 3310 WHICH WAS ON SALE AND AVAILABLE ON PRE-PAID WHICH WAS PERFECT FOR ME ALTHOUGH I HADN'T QUITE FIGURED OUT WHY I NEEDED THE PHONE OR HOW I WAS GOING TO PAY FOR THE MINUTES, I JUST THOUGHT ABOUT SAVING UP FOR THE PHONE ITSELF. WE WENT AROUND THE BLOCK ASKING IF PEOPLE WANTED THEIR WEEDS PULLED IN EXCHANGE FOR SOME SPARE CHANGE... AFTER GETTING OUR HANDS DIRTY FOR A FEW DAYS WE WERE ABLE TO GET THOSE PHONES. OVER THE YEARS AS I WOULD SIT DOWN AT THE FAMILY COMPUTER I WOULD CREATE LITTLE VIDEOS WITH WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER AND DESIGNING WHATEVER I COULD ON GIMP AND FOUND MYSELF IN LOVE WITH DESIGN, WHETHER IT WAS GRAPHIC, FASHION OR INTERIOR, I JUST HAD DEVELOPED AN OBSESSION WITH MAKING ANYTHING I COULD LOOK NICE OR BETTER THAN SOMEONE ELSE. SO EVEN THOUGH I DESIGN CLOTHES AND GRAPHICS FOR CLOTHES, I WOULDN'T CALL MYSELF A FASHION DESIGNER... BECAUSE THATS JUST THE VERY SURFACE OF MY TALENT. I DESIGN BECAUSE I TRULY LOVE TO AND BECAUSE I WANT SOMETHING I CAN SHOW PEOPLE WHAT A FORMER FOSTER KID CAN DO AND THAT WE'RE NOT JUST STATISTICS. I DESIGN AND DEDICATE MYSELF TO THIS BRAND SO THAT I CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO LOVE MY KIDS AND PROVIDE FOR THEM AND I INTEND TO CONTINUE PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF DESIGN UNTIL MY FINGER BONES DRY OUT.