After a few career and college detours, at the age of 25, I packed up my things and moved to New York City from Allentown, PA. My dream was to get a degree from the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology, work in those tents at Bryant Park (now at Lincoln Center) for Fashion Week and launch a glamorous fashion career as a buyer for a large department store.
Half of those goals are checked off the list. After five and an a half years of working full time as a legal secretary and going to college at night; I earned my degree in Fashion Merchandising Management, summa cum laude, from FIT. I also managed to get into those tents. I have had the privileged opportunity to be a backstage dresser for Fashion Week, working for designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Badgley Mischka, Carlos Miele, Pamela Roland, Tuleh, Zac Posen and more.
Since starting my style blog LadyBowTie.com in May of 2011 my readership has grown steadily and my confidence has soared. I have continued to grow my brand by launching two more businesses; a fashion show production company LadyBowTie Productions, and an online fashion boutique SHOPLadyBowTie. UPDATE: Sadly, in 2016 SHOPLadyBowTie had to close its doors but it had onehellofa great run. Today I can officially say that my list is done. My list of dreams has been completely checked off and accomplished. I’ve never been busier, more tired or HAPPIER. What’s next? I’m still trying to figure that out.
Fortune favors the brave.
Cori a.k.a. LadyBowTie
PS. I would like to thank my parents, husband, brothers and sisters, daughters, friends, my attorneyss and a couple of really great industry ladies who have all supported, taught and encouraged LadyBowTie!