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 tell their story through design direction, color, and brand experience

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

 
 
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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

 

Philip Cuenco, Photography Director & Leica Akademie Instructor

  • Philip Cuenco has been photographing professionally since 2005.  Originally trained as a 3D Animator, & working in post-production (mostly movie trailers) Philip has acquired a unique array of skillsets

  • Though he can still be occasionally seen on the red carpet or high-end private celebrity events, he prefers to teach. He is now an Instructor & Producer for The Leica Akademie Team of North America

  • From filming MMA to Racing, he is known for his work in fashion, expediting work for clients in the past such as: Tadashi Shoji, Swarovsky, Escada, bebe, AFI/American Film Institute, Ford MotorSports, Alter-G, and more

  • If Phil is not taking photographs, he can be found enjoying good food, traveling, and spending time with family

 
 
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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

 
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Leza Nazaroff, Orange County Camp Manager

  • Studied at Sheffield School of Interior Design, ADHI School

  • Design/Decorating Consultant, Staging, Real Estate Agent, Renovation of Fixer Upper/Flips, Investments, Event Planning, Make-up Artistry, Charity Chairman for Fundraising

  • Love the challenge of repurposing personal furnishing and decor items to coordinate with new and remodels

  • Passionate about creating unique parties

  • Personal time; sharing time with family and friends, riding bike at the beach, reading novels, traveling, and hosting parties

 

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

 
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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

 
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Allyson Hollis, Event Coordinator

  • Studying Visual Communications in Los Angeles

  • Background in event planning, photography, floral design and social media. 

  • Passionate about planning events 

  • Love creating uplifting atmospheres for teens and young adults to celebrate and strengthen their creativity.

  • Loves England, Gilmore Girls, tea and peonies!

 
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Shea Hinshon, Intern

  • Student at the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota

  • Studying Art, Environmental Studies and Spanish

  • Finds joy in making pottery, seeing new approaches to art, and exploring the unknown

  • Owns a blog called Silkanddenim with my best friend, Olivia 

  • Can’t live a day without a run, an iced chai tea latte and scrolling through Pinterest