ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Andrea Saieh graduated from top design school Parsons (New York) in 2016 with a BFA in Fashion Design and Footwear Design. Her work there earned her the mention of ‘CFDA+2016 Design Graduate’—an award given by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to the 50 best international fashion design graduates’ portfolios every year. She was also selected as one of 10 finalists for the ‘2016 Kenneth Cole Footwear + Accessory Innovation Award’—an initiative organized by Kenneth Cole in collaboration with the CFDA to honor innovative accessory design projects that address social change. During her years in New York, she worked in some of the best ateliers in the city, including that of renowned pattern maker Nicolas Caito, also at Jason Wu and Marchesa.
Before she moved to New York in 2013, Andrea worked in sales and styling at the Diane Von Furstenberg boutique in Bal Harbour, Florida. Prior to that, she lived in Los Angeles where she studied fashion design at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) and earned the ‘2011 Betty Baumgardner Award for Best Use of Textiles’—an award given by the California Fashion Foundation (CFF) and by the Textile Association of Los Angeles (TALA). She also earned first place in a Cotton Inc. Competition for Demands of Denim and second place in a Cotton Inc. Competition for Surface Embellishments, both recognitions received in 2010. In Los Angeles, Andrea worked at the atelier of Kevan Hall, and with the two contemporary brands BCBG Max Azria and Eva Franco.
In addition to her design work and education, Andrea holds a BS in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Michigan State University, where her exemplary leadership earned her the ‘Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.’
After years of hard work, learning from the best, and traveling, Andrea moved back to Colombia, where she works as an independent designer under her namesake brand.
CFDA+2016 Design Graduate Accessories Category, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), September 2016
Finalist 2016 Kenneth Cole Footwear + Accessory Innovation Award Kenneth Cole and Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), April 2016
WGSN Kingpins Designs chosen for exhibit of Innovative Designers at the Kingpins show in New York, July 2014 and January 2015
Betty Baumgardner Award for Best Use of Textiles, California Fashion Foundation (CFF) and Textile Association of Los Angeles (TALA), June 2011
Winner of Cotton Inc. Demands of Denim Competition Cotton Incorporated, October 2010
Runner-up for Cotton Inc. Surface Embellishments Competition Cotton Incorporated, October 2011