Kristen Dees

Kristen Dees, Founder & Director

  • Graduate from FIDM/ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and University of La Verne

  • Background in product development, footwear design, public relations, event planning, wholesale & college admissions

  • Created Designer Camp out of a love for educating today's youth about the world of design

  • Design & travel addict

  • Loves chocolate chip cookies & binging on HGTV shows

Mercedes Curran

Mercedes Curran, Co-Founder & Director

  • Graduate from FIDM/ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

  • Background in brand development, event planning, public relations, and curriculum design

  • Believes that if you are passionate about design you should be able to experience the opportunities within the world, no matter your age

  • Presently works with brands to develop to tell their story through color design and brand experience

  • Dreams of being a mermaid, traveling the world port to port


Gretchen Dawley, Fashion & Styling Director

  • Fashion Design graduate from FIDM / Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

  • Industry background designing within the junior’s and women’s contemporary markets

  • Fascinated by history and culture, with a love for nostalgia and all things vintage

  • Lover of the lost art of couture gown making and the bridal market

  • Currently designing and constructing hand-crafted wedding gowns under her own label

  • Dreams of living in the countryside surrounded by a rose garden, sewing gowns and exploring with her husband and little boy


Sarah Shreves, Photography Director

  • Her work as a photographer / director has taken her to conflict zones in the Middle East & Africa as well as directing lifestyle and editorial content for ethical fashion & wellness brands internationally

  • Honored to be a part of the large cultural shift towards what is sustainable and thoughtful, lead by the brands & individuals she serves

  • Lead by her belief that the whole world is charged with the sacred, Sarah tells visual stories of hope

  • Lately Sarah is finding beauty and joy in the mundane acts of rock climbing, eating avocados and exploring the streets of Inglewood with her niece

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Bri Chocek, Orange County Director

  • Graduate from Cal State Long Beach

  • Background in communication studies, project management and human resources

  • Passionate about health/wellness education and real estate

  • Yoga instructor for at risk youth, PTSD and special needs

  • Learned how to sew before I could read

  • Can't collect enough rock n' roll vinyls


Daniel Curran, Art Director

  • Has a fascination with the craft of storytelling

  • Over 14 years of experience in design, marketing and front-end development

  • Assists companies design direction — a multidisciplinary task that involves creative direction, UI/UX design, brand direction, and how design as a whole impacts the big and small picture of brand vision & story

  • Led Art Direction for the product development and marketing at Apolis, a pioneer of socially responsible apparel manufacturing that empowers global communities

  • Greatest joy is seeing his daughter and wife loving life and experiencing the same alongside them


Joelle, Photography & Social Media Coordinator

  • Recent graduate of Saint Mary's College of California

  • Background in business, digital media, photography, and painting

  • Believes education, design, and imagination are all tools for positive change

  • Passionate about pizza, Baroque art, and the color yellow

  • Happiest when enjoying coffee on the couch or floating in the ocean