A loan of $3,500 helped produce inventory needed to fulfill store orders, and increase demand for our product.

Terese's story

There is an African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” that deeply resonates with me. Growing up in a large immigrant family ensured that the qualities of hard work and perseverance were instilled from an early age. When I was seven years old my family and I immigrated from Jamaica to the U.S. – New York City to be exact, in search of a better life. Cherry trees turned into monkey bars, and swings made out of old tires and rope became rollerblades that transported me down the streets of my Bronx neighborhood. My family taught me that anything was possible, and I believed them.

I have wanted to be a fashion designer since I was seven years old, when I began sewing clothes for Barbie out of my mother’s pantyhose. The happiest memories from my childhood are those that are filled with creating art and fashion, and always ending with my mother's words to dream big.

It was not until attending Lafayette College, where I truly learned to dream big. At Lafayette, I double majored in Economics and Studio Art, and spent my summers as an analyst at Lehman Brothers and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Though these internships clearly mapped out a future on Wall Street, a chance internship at French Connection's buying office in the UK forever changed my life. Surrounded by creativity and learning all aspects of the business peaked my interest in being not just a designer, but an owner of something bigger than myself - a lifestyle brand that would offer something new and refreshing to women.

Following graduation from Lafayette in 2007, I set out on a journey to learn all aspects of running a fashion company, by working in Buying and Merchandising, Sales, Production and Design at iconic fashion companies, with the hopes of one day designing my own line. I furthered my education in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology by earning an Associate's of Applied Science degree in 2010, and launched Terese Sydonna to the public in 2011. I did not hesitate to leave my full-time job when the opportunity to relocate to Philadelphia and focus full-time on my business presented itself in 2013.

Through my residency at The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator this past year, I have created a collection that adds value to the lives of women, and has been well-received by stores. I dream of the day that Terese Sydonna becomes a lifestyle brand recognized throughout the world. I believe that with this loan I am one step closer to achieving this dream; I want to leave my mark on the world, and I need your help to do so.

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About Terese Sydonna

Industry: Retail
Years in operation: 3 years - 5 years
Website: teresesydonna.com


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