It all began when I was 12 years old; I became crazy-obsessed with Steven Tyler and his over the top wardrobe. I grabbed a pair of scissors and went to town on my favorite flared denim. Before I knew it, I was rockin' the coolest jeans with leopard panels and heavy distressing. I never really stopped after that.
I didn't own a sewing machine so everything was sewn by hand (oh the terror of hand sewing!!) My mother purchased my first sewing machine when I was 16. I turned my craft to upcycling concert tees and called my little hobby Reconstructed Threads.
My journey then continued at Indiana University where I studied apparel merchandising and fashion design. This is where I crossed paths with my favorite mentor Margaret Fette. She was instructing a textile course I was enrolled in and invited me to check out her tailoring and custom clothing shop. I fell in love with sewing even more and Margaret took me under her wing and taught me all the basics of alterations and custom sewing.
In 2009 I moved to Indianapolis and started my seven-year journey with Nordstrom as a seamstress. This was a wonderful experience and I have Nordstrom's notorious customer service values instilled in my blood.
In October of 2015, a handsome cowboy named Mark from Wyoming came into my life. We were engaged within a few months and before I knew it I was in a U-Haul moving 1200 miles from the only home I've ever known. We married in June of 2017 and it has been the best thing that has ever happened.
One day you're doing the 9-5 (cue Dolly!) the next you're living the dream with a supportive husband and nothing hold you back. Every day is filled with the most picturesque scenery that Wyoming has to offer...
Our little zoo adds excitement, too complete with horses, goats, cats, one chicken... and the best sidekicks any girl could ask for, Sprout + Bentley, my Brussels Griffons. Oh, and Nudie the cat who weaseled her way into the house!
Now that The Whiskey Wrangler is nicely settled in our western paradise I can focus on designing and producing unique items, each one personally handcrafted.
Thank you to everyone that has supported me along the way... I hope y'all are saddled up and ready for some super unique pieces from the heart of the Wild West!!!