I have always attached myself to storytelling.
As a child, I ﬁlled notebooks with fantastical short stories and artwork inspired by animated heroines that leaped across the pages of books I consumed or made their mark in iconic Disney ﬁlms I watched over and over (and over). Later in my adolescence, this passion stretched beyond the conﬁnes of a diary into classrooms and onto world stages where I immersed myself on a path of becoming a professional dancer by training at a leading performing arts high school in New York City. It didn't work out in the end, and as I inched closer to adulthood, I found myself charting a new course that allowed me to satisfy my creative interests in a way that didn't necessarily depend on me being front and center. So as most ambitious, digitally-savvy young people do, I embraced the tools I had at my disposal (both online and offine) with an understanding that I couldn't do this all alone. That thought-process inspired the ﬁrst iteration of my company, The Style Line, where the content I created initially focused on mini Q&As with leading fashion inﬂuencers and bloggers about their relationships with personal style. I was eighteen, a senior in high school, and had no idea that the Tumblr blog I had just started would evolve into a boutique content company complete with an editorial platform, content agency, and podcast.
From that point on, pieces of my entrepreneurial journey came together through a series of connections that ultimately shaped the conscious mission of my business. It began shortly after launching when I joined a friend at a fashion panel event at TOPSHOP in SoHo after school. After the discussion, I carefully approached the speakers (anxious not to stumble over my words, or onto the ﬂoor due to my former penchant for wearing 6-inch platform heels), and made my ﬁrst-ever industry connection, Indigo Clarke. The highly-acclaimed journalist and creative director allowed me to get my well-heeled foot in the door by writing for Ksubi Denim's (former) online culture magazine, Sex & Fashion. I had no business writing about either subject at that point in my life, but I remember Indigo's assuredness in everything around her, and looking back I now realize that this conﬁdence extended to me too. She remained a presence in the very early days of my career, and while our paths have since diverged, Indigo's unconditional kindness instilled in me a desire to have The Style Line's mission be committed to telling the stories of and fostering the next generation of creatives.