Meet Morgan Lange our Design Intern
What is your fashion story?
I have always been obsessed with clothes since before I can remember.During grade school I’d always get in trouble for doodling on my worksheets instead of completing them – especially when it came to my dreaded language class. It was during 3rd Grade that I realized I wanted to be a fashion designer when I grew up and ever since then my dream has been to become a head designer for a company.
Creativity – How do you define it. When are you most creative? How are you inspired? What inspires you?
I am inspired by anything and everything. I like looking at forecasted trends to see what’s coming and sometimes I’ll put together some ideas, or I’ll find images of things I like or am obsessed with at the moment and collage them out and put different ideas together.
What is your fashion-inspired mantra you live by every day?
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, it is in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” - Coco Channel
What is your favorite daph. piece?
The everyday joggers. I am a sucker for a good pair of comfy pants (specifically joggers) that you can dress both up and down!
How do you relate to the daph. values and how do you use them in everyday activities or when shopping?
So, when I shop for things, especially clothing, I am always looking for things that I can mix and match and make multiple looks out of it. I also look for the sustainability. With the fashion industry being one of the most pollutant industries in the world, I am always looking to do my part in supporting sustainable and environmentally friendly companies. I look to do my part in helping the fashion industry be a little less harmful to our environment!
What is your role at daph?
My role at daph. is a design intern. I focus on the apparel design, making sure the best designs go from little scribbles to a fully finished quality, versatile garment in your closet. The process includes thumbnail creation (the scribbles), selecting the final designs in collaboration with Daphne, discussing sustainable fabrics and colors and creating final illustrations for our manufacturing partners to use to create samples.
What can the daph. community reach out to you for?
The daph. community can ask me about different fabric qualities, which ones to pair together and the pros and cons of the fabrics. I’d be happy to discuss the creative process or anything art-related. I always enjoy helping people take their ideas to the next level while bouncing ideas off others. I’ve been told I know quite a bit about the fashion industry and textiles, so feel free to ask me anything and everything!
Where are you from?
I am from STL, born and raised! And am attending Stephens College in Columbia, hoping to graduate May 21’.
Meet Magdalena Wysocka our Business Development Manager
What is your fashion story? I grew up loving fashion and watching my mother style her elegant outfits everyday using sketches and fashion magazines. She was my first inspiration, my mentor in fashion. I started my career in Poland 15 years ago at a bank where, after a lot of hard work, I became the Branch Manager. In 2011, my husband and I moved to Paris. I saw this as my opportunity for a career switch, especially living in the fashion capital! I landed my first fashion job in the showroom in Le Marais, where I was a commercial fashion assistant, meeting a lot of people in the Fashion industry. I was lucky enough to able to be part of Paris Fashion Week, teaching buyers about many brands.
After my work in the showroom, I had a chance to work for the French brand, TARA JARMON. I learned a lot about the strong Parisian spirit showcased through French style. I was also able to work on St. Honore Street in Paris – something unbelievable for me growing up.
Creativity – How do you define it. When are you most creative? How are you inspired? What inspires you? - Being creative means to be positive, to trust oneself. For me, creativity is the key to everything. Whatever situation, I believe you always have to be daring, listen to yourself and put your ego aside.
Whenever I move to a new country, I am always inspired. There’s new people to meet, a new culture to learn about, opportunities to improve and grow myself and my skills.What is your fashion-inspired mantra you live by every day? “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” -Coco Chanel.
What is your favorite daph. piece? Nazca Envelope Clutch and Everyday Wide Leg Pants.
How do you relate to the daph. values and how do you use them in everyday activities or when shopping? - I’m a conscious fashion buyer. I love vintage, timeless and versatile clothes so I can wear them season after season.
What is your role at daph? As the Business Development Manager at daph., my goal is to grow retail relationships nationwide. I work to find boutique partners who align with our brand mission, vision and product offerings to form beneficial partnerships. I’m also responsible for the development of marketing content for collection releases, photoshoot planning and organizing fun, unique community events and pop ups to increase brand awareness and sales.
What can the daph. community reach out to you for?- My experience in the international fashion industry, including Europe, Asia and now the US, allows me to provide unique insight on trends and styles worldwide. I'm a curious person who loves to learn. I’m always ready to dive into new projects, challenges and advance in new environments.
Where are you from?- I’m originally from Poland.