After working in the fashion industry for 10 years I attended Parsons School of Design and earned an A.A.S. degree in Fashion Design. I started a womenswear line called 24 Shades of Green. Clients chose from a wide selection of designer fabrics and had coats from the collection custom made. I expanded this line to include short jackets, blouses, dresses, skirts and trousers, all with custom fabric options. We sold at boutique events and house parties. Once I knew the bestselling styles, I started bringing along some ready-to-wear. With the exception of sales help and a small factory doing my cutting and sewing, I was the designer, patternmaker, marketing manager fabric buyer, art director and more. I had many repeat customers, some who were loyal custom clients for many years.