Saturday was a beautiful, sunny, cold day. Perfect for Shopping! I grabbed my coffee and was off to a Sample Sale to explore the world of a designer, with fellow Fashionista. Priscilya, in addition to being Fashionista, friend and colleague she is also a great singer/songwriter. I predict you will see more of her in the near future. P, told me about this Fashion Designer and thought I may have bumped into him when going to class at the Fashion Insitute of Technology. Yes, Danalee~The Fashionista went back to school to perhaps pursue a second career in Fashion Design, contemporaneous of course to my Legal Career. I started this semester, its hard to believe that there are only two classes left till the end of the term. Enough about me…
That afternoon we met up with Fashion Designer, Steven Cutting, owner of Steven Cutting, Inc, a fashion design consulting firm. Steven was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and has been in the Fashion Industry for the last twenty years. His career started at the Fashion Institute of Technology and continued to flourish from there with assignments in Europe with several Fashion Firms such as Krizia. After returning to the Fashion Capital and becoming the Fashion Director for Phillipe Monet, a men’s leather outerwear label, he decided to go out on his own. In 1990, that’s when he created Steven Cutting, Inc. Some of his clients included Kenneth Cole, Reebok, and Collezione. He later became Fashion Director for Perry Ellis and some of his designs have been strutted by Boris Cudjoe, Eminem, Dr. Dre and LL Cool J. He then went on to design women’s wear for Via Spiga and Larry Levine.
Currently, Steven teaches at FIT and has continued building his company clientele with such labels as Andrew Marc (love these designs), Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein, to name a few. He is also an active community leader, mentoring children in Brooklyn through an organization called Children of Promise . He is also a Board Member of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, a community-based organization involved in the fight against AIDS.
Steven recently took part in the 3rd Annual Front Row Fashion Show, sponsored by The Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The opening ceremony honored fashion industry leaders and icons, among them was Steven. Pictured above are Steven’s Designs featured the night of the Runway Show. Green is the new Black in my Fashionista Book! Anyone that knows me knows that I am obsessed with wearing Black. Don’t worry I spice it up some times adding color. I love both looks. I think the colors are absolutely chic and there is a great sense of style that exudes in Steven’s garments.
My fellow Gemini Designer was a gracious host showing us racks, boxes and suitcases of his inventory. You know Fashionistas can be picky, but he was very patient and helpful. His lines consisted mostly of leather apparel: skirts, pants, jackets, blazers and boleros. Steven uses some of the best leathers in making his garments. He has forged a long-lasting relationship with Tannery Direct, which is a leading company in leather goods and is able to sell to his clients the best leather from Italy, India and South America. I picked up a great purple perforated leather bolero pictured here. It was a great deal. Priscilya didn’t do bad at all picking up two skirts and a sweater. Yes, he has sweaters also! The skirts have impeccable detailing in hues of gray and purple.
You too can grab a Steven Cutting Design and enjoy an intimate fabulous shopping experience. Please make an appointment to view his collection at his home by calling (212) 244-8886. Keep in mind that this is a Sample Sale so the sizes are limited to 6 and 8. Tell him Danalee~The Fashionista sent you!
After a hard days work of shopping we ended our evening with breakfast…truly a Fashionistas Day in a Designers World! 🙂