Designer’s bio

I was born and raised in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, where I received a bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy, specializing in teaching History. 

In the year of 2000, at age 26, I moved to New York with three children and after overcoming the typical challenges of an immigrant life I decided to study Fashion Design at Parsons, New School for design. 

The contributing factors to my interest in Fashion Design were my natural inclination to esthetic aspects of balance in shape and color, as well as the lack of diversity in fashion and art in general, during soviet era back at home. 

Parsons taught me that Fashion, no matter how luxurious, is fundamentally utilitarian and the artistic variance is predominantly dictated by the technological innovations, political and socioeconomic changes. 

After graduating from Parsons, I faced the challenges of finding my place in the Fashion industry.  The three Fashion Internships I worked with Catherine Malandrino, DVF and Bill Blass, showed me the industry inside out. It showed me that the highly segmented nature of the fashion industry leaves many aspiring designers with only a tiny chance to succeed as a designer for another brand.  This major challenge pushes many creative people to become entrepreneurs by their right, and ambassadors of their own vision. 

Since the graduation I have done three fashion collections for my own brand. I also worked as costume designer and stylist on a feature film Hall King, produced by Steve Wallace.

This personal website amalgamates my work and my creative interests and as they continue to evolve, I hope to use this platform to communicate through my creativity with diverse groups of people. 


Natya Porter