HOMETOWN: Seoul, Korea
EDUCATION: University of Chicago
FAVORITE DESIGNERS: Ghesquiere, Elbaz, Marc Jacobs
FASHION MUST: Patent leather ankle boots & colorful tights
Victorya, 34, was born in Seoul, Korea and spent her childhood in Virginia. Growing up with a very fashion-minded mother, she was always sketching designs or discussing them with her mother, who was a natural maven when it came to sewing. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, she traveled to Paris to fulfill a lifelong dream to live in the fashion capital of the world. What was to be a six-month stint, turned into a six-year sojourn, working as a journalist taking her from Paris to Brussels.
Victorya says she woke up one morning and realized that she had to return to the U.S. immediately and start a career in fashion, and that's precisely what she did. In 2002, Victorya enrolled in Parsons Associate Degree program in New York City. Since then, she has worked for several major companies in the industry, before striking out on her own.
Victorya continues to live and work in New York City, designing clothes under her label na•be, and creating clothes that she and like-minded women want to wear.