It was at a college fair my junior year in high school when I decided I was going to study fashion design. I was torn between studying law or pursuing a degree in fashion, a field with an over-saturated job market. When I found Kent State, my mind was made up. Born and raised in Chicagoland, I wasn’t ready to leave the Midwest just yet, and Kent State’s fashion program was ranked #3 in the country. In the fall of 2011, I started my college journey. I enhanced the skills I had, and picked up SO many new ones. After completing a demanding thesis, I graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design.
Two weeks later, I moved to the Big Apple. I moved without a job or a real plan. After months of freelancing and no full-time work on the horizon, I started feeling discouraged. One day, I received an email from my alma-mater. Someone had posted an available job in New York. I quickly sent in my resume and cover letter, and got an immediate response for an interview. Three weeks later, I was hired as an Assistant Designer at Calvin Klein.
During my time at Calvin Klein I learned not only about the inner-workings of the fashion industry, but about producing quality products as well. Every day was different. I was finding my groove, not only at work but also in my personal life. I was building lasting friendships, celebrating engagements and birthday parties along the way. I found myself making cards for these occasions by taking a piece of card stock, a brush pen, and carefully creating my masterpiece. The recipients of these cards offered many compliments, often suggesting I should make cards full time. I assured my friends that I was content where I was, as I had become Associate Designer, and had no plans of starting my own business. I couldn’t help but think of the positive feedback from time to time, and a seed was planted.
Two years passed where I continued to gift my custom greeting cards. I found myself sketching ideas for new cards, as if to anticipate future needs. Finally, in December of 2017 I decided to fully commit to starting a greeting card business. With the help of a small business coach, I got myself organized and formed an LLC in March of 2018. Âme Courrier was born! I left Calvin Klein just 3 months later, and have been working full time on Âme Courrier ever since.
I used to be the girl with containers full of neatly filed greeting cards from many different companies. Now I’m the girl who runs my own company designing greeting cards. I’m deeply passionate about cards, and Âme Courrier is my dream come true.