5 Women Break New Ground in Fashion and Beauty

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3Terese Sydonna — Jamaican, Japanese Inspired

Having worked on Wall Street where the business uniform tends to be black, blue, and gray, Terese Sydonna headed uptown to Seventh Avenue to pursue a career in fashion design, buying, sales, and merchandising for brands such as Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, and Lord & Taylor. But it wasn’t long before the Jamaican-born economics and business major decided to create her own self-titled fashion label. Inspired by Japanese art and architecture as well as her own Jamaican cultural heritage, her dresses are brightly designed and practical. Most of her collection is machine washable, quick-drying, and wrinkle-free. Her newest label is an artistic collection called Wanderlust.

Success quote: “Terese Sydonna is proudly made in New York City’s Garment District by a team of immigrants, mostly women, living their American dream, too. With the support of my village, I was able to grow Terese Sydonna from one client to being carried in stores throughout the United States, Canada, and Jamaica.”

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Tags: Entrepreneur, Fashion, Women in Business

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Nadja Sayej

Nadja Sayej is journalist based in New York City writing about design, architecture and culture for Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair and Barron's, among others. See Full Bio

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