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Kelsy Parkhouse of Carleen Doesn't Let Stress Derail Her

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Kelsy Parkhouse graduated from Pratt last year. In that time, her label Carleen has caught the eye of style bloggers (Natalie Joos wore a Carleen dress to Paris Fashion Week), fashion critics (like Cathy Horyn of the New York Times) and buyers (she was already picked up at Bird in Brooklyn).

The busy designer took time away from her two jobs—she still works full-time in production in NYC's garment district—to talk to Racked in her studio/apartment about being a young designer, the importance of comfort, and how she uses stress as motivation.
· Carleen [Official Site]
· How Designer Kelsy Parkhouse Went From Pratt to Bird [Racked NY]
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