It all started when my mother taught me to sew when I was six and I always enjoyed it, I can still remember making a red, white, and blue houndstooth dress in 4th grade. For years people, often strangers would comment on my clothes. When I told them that I made the outfit they would often ask if I had a shop, so I finally thought I would give it a try.
I think I’ve been creating in the industry for about 7 or 8 years. My boutique offers fun and feminine products with a touch of edge that you aren’t going to find anywhere else. My creations come from my heart and soul, not from the latest data or algorithm. A lot of my inspiration comes from what I want to wear. I really don’t see anything in stores that I would wear, even if it was given to me. So I create them myself.
Some of the highlights have been all the new people I have met and gained. I was able to grasp the understanding of how the fashion industry works and continue to push the boundaries.
One of my major brand values is that my product will be made in the USA. I want to be able to give people here a job and not use the near slave labor of overseas workers.
Behind the Name
I actually thought of the “pariah” in 1996. I thought about trying to get into the fashion space then but I didn’t know anything! The name came to me as kind of an outsider. When I decided to try fashion again in 2012 or 2013, I couldn’t get “pariah” as an email address, so we added the 5k.
in the press
When I saw on Facebook that a neighbor at my family farm had a 4H pig named Barbara I was inspired to make a jacket featuring Barbara The pig. We then decided to meet her and do a video
Vancouver Fashion Week
Vancouver was a great experience, the show organizers were so professional and did a great job. I met a lot of great people. Because of the Vancouver coverage, I was picked up by Vogue China.com, Vogue UK.com, and a lot of other press. The most exciting part is listening to the music and seeing the models go down the runway.
I showed 30 looks at Vancouver. I brought my daughter Dana and she did a great job of organizing the models and getting everything to flow. I couldn’t have done it without her. There really isn’t any glamour backstage. You’re crammed in a tiny space with models stripping and changing clothes.