Henry David Thoreau distrusted any enterprise that required new clothes, which is why he abandoned his career as a French maid. Embrace bold new outfits with today’s Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for $30 worth of designer clothes
- $39 for $80 worth of designer clothes<p>
Veteran of Project Runway designs boutique apparel such as a Buzz & Growl sweatshirt ($30), chevron striped party dress ($98), and the Marie Claire dress (as seen on Project Runway, season 8) ($134).<p>
Since 2006, Valerie Mayen is doing pretty well in sewing. With a Project Runway season under her belt and the continued success of her boutique Yellowcake, Valerie's bold colors and geometric patterns attract international renown. "We sell to high school girls in Canada, British fashionistas, [and] soccer moms in Kuwait," she says. Her women's apparel currently focuses on the sherbet cools and bold warm colors popular this spring
Valerie was raised with an eye for the arts. Her father was a homebuilder and often reviewed blueprints with his children. He taught Valerie "a lot about proper craftsmanship and the value of accuracy and precision." With these values instilled in her, Valerie chose to study illustration in school because she thought it would be more lucrative than designing clothes—though she now seems aware of the irony. In the end, her studies at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design veered back towards clothing. She even took three sewing classes, but dropped out—"I taught myself the rest."
After rising to the upper echelon of popular designers, Valerie makes it a point to give back to her community. Her team of interns has helped develop creative jobs in Cleveland, and they give a portion of her profits go to City Mission, a local organization that fights hunger and poverty. The city mission also fights homelessness.