Ever since I was a child I have had a love for all things artistic, and quickly grew to realize that fashion was one of the most accessible forms of self-expression. This was by no means a coincidence; being 1st generation Turkish and raised in a small town in Ohio, my mother’s European sense of style and our exotic summer vacations were as foreign to our neighbors as the language we spoke and the food we ate. Our weekends were spent making journeys to upscale malls hundreds of miles from home where we would search for designer labels. Our travels to Turkey created memories containing everything from belly dancers to gypsies, and topless beaches to discotheques. That cultural dichotomy has translated to my adult life and I carry with me an eclectic spirit inspired by a rich culture.
A graduate of International Studies, I interned at the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United States at age 20 and it wasn't long before I realized that my restless and idealistic nature was poorly-suited to doing anything involving politics. Coincidentally, I had started modeling as a kid, and all of a sudden I was presented with an opportunity to sign with major modeling agencies in Istanbul. I figured that if nothing else, it would at least be an experience, and I went for it. That time in Istanbul led me to beginning a career as a Magazine Editor and then in Public Relations, and eventually I found myself back in the US. I always knew I wanted to be in New York - so much so that, as a kid, when people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would simply say "in New York".
I can't necessarily say I've grown up, but I have found my way to Manhattan where I continue to pursue my passion for the fashion industry. I love everything that living in New York has to offer and hope to share some of my experiences on this site. I also love dogs, kids, and all-around craziness.