A Fashion Forward Scholar

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Shanell St. Clair- Designer/Owner of St. Clair by Shanell NYC

Designing can be difficult enough, but Shanell St. Clair makes time for both her education and her craft. Currently, St. Clair is a 21-year-old student at my alma mater, The Pennsylvania State University. She’s from Brooklyn and feels that the city reflects her own style, as well as her designs. How did she get started? “Growing up, my passion has always been fashion design. As a little girl I started expressing my talent through sketching, then sewing and eventually making clothing for myself and then family and friends,” says St. Clair. “I’ve now expanded my business to school showcasing my line in fashion shows and also on social media where I have been getting requests to make designs from girls all over.”

St. Clair has now made her name into a brand. Literally. She has a women’s clothing line called “St. Clair,” which she describes as custom, chic and glamorous. “All my pieces are custom made by hand or sewing machine. It usually takes up to one or two weeks for me to complete an outfit,” says St. Clair.

Juggling school and business usually becomes a task for many, but for St. Clair, it’s refreshing. “When you’re doing what you love nothing feels like work. With that being said, I am extremely passionate about my clothing and I know that school can only help advance my career. Believing and knowing that the future can only hold great things is what makes this process so easy for me,” says St. Clair.

However, St.Clair does find that not being able to create all the ideas she has because of her hectic schedule to be a struggle. But, this New York City girl has big dreams. She wants St. Clair to become a household name. “The goal of my line is to make women feel comfortable, beautiful and sexy in their own skin,” says St. Clair. “I would love to see my designs worn on people nationwide: the southern socialite attending her event, celebrity walking down the red carpet in LA and of course the NYC girl on her way out to hit the town!”

Take a peak at her designs…

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Interested in purchasing? Email St. Clair at: sstclairdesign@gmail.com. She accepts cash and Paypal payments.

Follow her on Instagram: @theglamguru and @shopstclair

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