Behind the Scenes

Sustainable Design

An international bespoke sustainable designer. LA’s family came from Europe through Ellis Island and immigrated to the New England area to find work in the fabric mills.  Her French and Norwegian grandmothers and uncles were in the schmatta business as immigrants and sometimes worked 16 hour days in the mills. There are no recollections of ever having store bought clothing, it was all made by LA’s mother with left over mill fabrics. Even bathing suits! Her designs have been photographed for Victoria Magazine and numerous publications and designs for French shops. My specialty is hats and sustainable design. LA is the exclusive hatmaker for Mette Hjermind Dencker of the Danish Parliament who supports global sustainability in her every day passion toward her work in Denmark. Other clients have included National Geographic Photojournalist Lynn Abercrombie, women of Society to the Fortune 500 Boardrooms, Hollywood and Broadway actresses and theatre. Expertise in up-cycle fashion design.

Designed for the Off Broadway Show ‘Unbeatable: A Bold Musical Journey’ .  She designed all of the hats and costumes for the first run, and four time Emmy Award Winning Costumer John Schneeman (did costuming for Meryl Streep in Devil Wears Prada, John Travolta in Hairspray) built her clothing designs for the show. LA introduced his studio to bamboo for the first time. Her designs have been featured on NBC television giving previews of season fashion and such things as Kentucky Derby (where LA had a hat win best of show at a Kentucky Derby hat contest in a field of 600 women), received standing ovations during runway shows at the MGM Grand-Foxwoods Casino showing with New York Fashion Week Designers in Connecticut, Private exhibitions at MGM Grand-Foxwoods Casino as well as two years in a row being chosen by the Ritz Carlton for hat exhibitions in Phoenix.


LA serves on the advisory board of the NGO Board of Directors-Mumbai, India

National Ecology and Environment Foundation Trust (NEEF) is a non-profit making non-government organisation registered as a public trust. The NEEF is committed to Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection.

She also serves as an Editor for Savitarka (Main office: Mumbai, India)

 Savitarka reports research and action on international development issues. Issues covered are technological, socio-economic and policy aspects of various development sectors including energy, environment, infrastructure, human development, agriculture, rural development, urbanisation, water resources, and irrigation, sectors.

 Research/dissertation and main area of interest is the global business culture of fashion & Sustainable practices in the global apparel supply chains with respect to labour and environment.

Actively involved in teaching on the college level such courses as Management and Strategic Business disciplines for over 20 years in the United States. Worked in curriculum design, course design and special project planning LA has worked in corporate training for such fortune 500 companies as Pfizer, Inc. and Pratt & Whitney, and worked on marketing plan consultation for small business turn around. Worked for McGraw-Hill Publishing Company as a subject matter expert and online developer to launch an online college division. Areas of expertise are sustainability and infusion of triple bottom line initiatives, EP&L, Cotton, international business and all areas of strategic management and global culture and how it affects business today. Has conducted country studies in Chile /Czech Republic /Denmark /Iceland /Switzerland/Italy/France/India

Recent Paper on Cotton Presented in New York City

Fashion: Now & Then: From Antiquity to Visionary Conference-October 2014

Delivered paper on Cotton: The Effects of Technology Past and Present on the

Future of the Cotton Industry (Discussion of conventional-GM-Bt and Organic Cotton)

LIM College, NYC-Earth Day Sustainability Panel-April 23, 2014


MUMBAI, INDIA                                                                                      October, 2013

Keynote Speaker at the ISSF-2013-International Symposium for a Sustainable Future

Gave the keynote address to a Symposium with over 60 scholars and industry leaders of sustainability from all over the world.

DBA International Business/Sustainable Apparel Supply Chains-Argosy University-Sarasota
MS Management Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BS Education Central CT State University



Connecticut College, New London, CT-April 3, 2014

Invited by the Lyman Allyn Museum at Connecticut College to Lecture on the History of Hatmaking, Sustainable Design and the Kentucky Derby- Lecture was standing room only and kicked off in addition, a month long exhibition of her hats and a photography exhibition of the hats also, in the museum.

Work in Progress

Book on global apparel supply chain and CSR issues

 Favorite Spare Time Activities

Gourmet-Organic Cooking and antiquing with her children, Organic Gardner-Organic food

Canning—Sustainable/Green House Flipper/Renovator