In honor of New York Fashion Week this past week I had to give a shout out to one of my favorite designer on the planet Carrie Hammer.
We first met at Women’s Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations and decided to do our first post event meet-up on yoga mats being led in meditation with none other than Deepak Chopra himself. When Carrie suggested this be our “meeting place” I knew we were destined to be friends.
Not only do I absolutely love Carrie’s clothing I love her passion that extends beyond fashion to empowering women inside and outside the workplace.
Her debut fashion show during New York Fashion Week 2014 started the “Role Models Not Runway Models” revolution and has been empowering and inspiring ever since by spotlighting powerful women instead of fashion models including the first ever model on the runway in a wheelchair, the first ever model adorning the catwalk with Down Syndrome, powerhouse CEO’s, trailblazing entrepreneurs, activists, athletes, vice-presidents and philanthropists.
Her revolution expanded globally when she did her first show for Shanghai Fashion Week with the same game changing concept rocking the runway.
Carrie started her career as an advertising sales executive and often heard she should “dress for the job she wanted, not the job she had.” This was tough advice to follow as she found a limited selection of fashionable professional women’s clothing with a contemporary fit.
The seed of many savvy entrepreneurs is often planted because of personally experiencing a “problem” without a solution in the market place. Rather than keep on complaining they create an answer to solve that problem ultimately leading to a successful business.
As a solution to not finding the clothes she (and countless other women) wanted to wear, Carrie felt no other choice but to start a line to cater to the contemporary professional woman.
“Carrie Hammer” launched in 2012 to critical acclaim for stylish professional women to wear. Since then she has been named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and Entrepreneur Magazine’s “15 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch” and has appeared on numerous media outlets including CNBC, Fox Business News, GMA, Elle, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan to name just a few.
She is also a graduate and recipient of the inaugural Tory Burch Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
I love Carrie Hammer on every level. Her designs are right up my alley. They embody who I am and what I want to present to the world. I connect so deeply to her mission it runs through my veins.
Thank you Carrie for expanding the definition of beauty so it goes beyond skin-deep by recognizing and celebrating a woman’s passion, purpose and accomplishments. It not only empowers all of us in the present but will continue to empower generations to come.
Photos courtesy of Carrie Hammer.