The Mentors

The Basics

Lenese Calleea is the CEO and Founder of Black N Fashion Podcast, Black Girls Designer Club, Calleea Vatein and LC Consulting and Apparel. She has over 15 years of experience in the field and is located in Brooklyn, NY.

About Her from Her

My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was six--we used to have these little lessons with needle, thread, and her machine nearly every time I saw her. Alongside her wisdom, she passed down to me a love for creation. I graduated high school with this aspiration in mind, and leapt head-first into Columbia College to become well acquainted with the business and artistic aspects of the industry. I had resolved myself to own my place in the fashion industry. And in founding BGDC years after that life changing decision, I chose to instill in my mentees the ambition, dedication, confidence, knowledge and skill I had to build from scratch to make it to where I am now.

Her Skills

She specializes in sewing, pattern making, and draping.

Her Hobbies/Interests

Lenese Calleea likes to cook, dance, and sew.

Contact Her Directly At...

Her Cell: 773- 301-2267 Her Email: lenesecalleea@lcapparelconsulting.com Her Website: calleea-vatein-inc.myshopify.com Her IG: @calleeavatein Her FB: Calleea’Vatein

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Ashley Richards is a 9-5 colorist in production for apparel and the 5-9 pm Designer and Owner of Ash Rich NYC. She has more than 8 years of experience and is located in the New York Garment District.

About Her from Her

I am a Cocktail Evening Wear Special Occasions Designer. I learned to use a sewing machine in high school--I found myself taking that course very seriously and gained a passion for the art. My talents blossomed into an emerging business in 2011. I mentor because I want to pass on information about sewing and help build confidence, neither of which were handed to me on my own journey.

Her Skills

She specializes in sewing, pattern making, and draping.

Her Hobbies/Interests

Ashley enjoys planting and cooking in her free time.

Contact Her Directly At...

Her Cell: 347-804-3058 Her Email: ashrichnyc@gmail.com Her IG: @ashrich.nyc Her FB: Ash Rich

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Hadassa Dorcean is the Product Development Coordinator at LC Apparel Consulting and the Designer and Owner of HADASSADOR. She has been in this field for more than 7 years and can be found in Brooklyn, NY.

About Her from Her

I am a connoisseur of all things fashion and technology. Since I was a youth, I’ve had an undeniable affinity towards art. My elders and role models guided me in the direction of fashion. Today, I hold an unconditional love and loyalty for the art, as it helped me gain confidence and express who I am. I mentor because I want to guide fellow fashion enthusiasts on their journeys through this ever evolving fashion world.

Her Skills

She is best at drawing, sewing, pattern making, draping, Photoshop, Illustrator, video editing (Adobe Premiere Pro & Final Cut Pro), Tech Packs, filming, sewing blogger, photography, and video making.

Her Hobbies/Interests

Hadassa has many hobbies: she loves to sing, listen to music and podcasts, watching movies, Black cinema, and Black TV, reading, knitting, taking care of herself and her beauty, and biking.

Contact Her Directly At...

Her Cell: 646-244-4031 Her Email: hadassa.dorcean@gmail.com Her Website: www.hadassador.com Her IG: @HADASSADOR (business) or @officialhadassa (blogger) Her FB: HADASSADOR

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Lissette Ayala is the Production Manager and Creative Director at Limited by Vision. She has been working in the field for over 8 years and can be found in Brooklyn, NY.

About Her from Her

I have 8 years of experience in production, design and garment construction. I first was inspired to pursue Fashion when I was 11 years old, by barbie dolls. My mom had bought me two barbies and did not buy me any extra clothes for them – so I used to hand-make clothes from napkins and felt fabric. What I enjoy most about this field is the ability for us to be ourselves and express without having to speak. My motivation comes from culture and travel. I am inspired to be a mentor because I would love to give someone an experience that I never had before. I’d love to be able to help someone escape their homes to do something that is therapeutic, educational and over all, can become a career for them. My mentee can expect to gain valuable insight, career advising, and professional knowledge and skills that can be vital in the fashion industry.

Her Skills

She is best at sewing, pattern making, draping, Photoshop, and web design.

Her Hobbies/Interests

Lissette enjoys sewing, traveling, painting walls and furniture, and dancing.

Contact Her Directly At...

Her Cell: 347-209-8299 Her Email: limitedbyvision@gmail.com Her Website: www.limitedbyvision.com Her IG: @morena_picapollo or @limitedbyvision Her FB: Lissette Morena Ayala or Limited By Vision

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Shaquanna Shontaé Sprinkle is a Custom Designer and Seamstress who has been in the field for 8 years. She can be found in New York City, NY.

About Her from Her

I am a Custom Designer from Brooklyn, NY; I have been sewing since I was 13 years old. I was inspired by my seamstress aunt. As a child, I sat in her studio while she created-- I remember taking the scraps of fabric to make clothing for my dolls. I mentor because we don’t have many outlets for young girls in black communities. My mentee can expect my help with sewing, sketching, draping, as well as guidance through some of life’s challenges.

Her Skills

She specializes in sewing, draping, Photoshop. Illustrator, and sketching.

Her Hobbies/Interests

In her free time, Shaquanna enjoys painting, sketching, and making mood boards.

Contact Her Directly At...

Her Cell: 347-209-0514 Her Email: phenixelite@yahoo.com Her Website: www.phenixelite.com Her IG: @phenix_elite Her FB: Shaquanna Shontaé

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Simone A is a Fashion Buyer for GentlemanVS, a Fashion Designer, and the Owner of Chaos the Brand. She had been working in this industry for over 8 years and is located in Queens, NY.

About Her from Her

I am a Fashion Designer from Milwaukee, who moved to New York City. I've always been a lover of fashion but never knew the first step to pursuing an actual career in this industry. After working in retail for some years, I decided to start my own fashion business. I wish I had someone who looked like me, to hold me accountable and guide me through my journey, back then. I mentor because it is important to me, to be that someone for my mentees-- to motivate and lead others in the fashion world.

Her Skills

Her best skills are in sewing, pattern making, draping, fitting, Photoshop, digital web design, buying fashion and sketching.

Her Hobbies/Interests

Simone likes to play Billiards (Pool), read, and cook.

Contact Her Directly At...

Her Cell: 414.324.5376 Her Email: chaos.thebrand@gmail.com Her Website: www.chaosthebrand.com Her IG: @chaosthebrand or @ladysymonea Her Twitter: @chaosthebrand

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Tatiana Hatcher is the CEO and Founder of Hatchers by Tatiana Hatchers. She has been working in the industry for more than 10 years and is currently in Brooklyn, NY.

About Her from Her

I was raised by a strict but nurturing grandmother, who structured our days with academics and sewing. It wasn't until the birth of my daughter, in May of 2012, that I was ready to take my craft more seriously. Hatchers.Inc was founded 8 years ago. As a mentor, I want to inspire and help young girls flourish and grow in not only self-confidence, but in fashion knowledge.

Her Skills

Tatiana specializes in sewing, Photoshop, Illustrator, fashion design/styling, technical design, blogging, and social media management.

Her Hobbies/Interests

Tatiana enjoys poetry, singing and dancing.

Contact Her Directly At...

Her Cell: 347-988-2302 Her Email: hatchers.inc@gmail.com Her Website: hatchersinc.com Her IG: @hatchers.inc or @tempistsky Her FB: hatchersinc

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Zina Lanay is the Fashion Designer and Creative Director of Zina Lanay LLC. She has more than 10 years of experience with two locations, one in Atlanta, GA and the other in New York City, NY.

About Her from Her

I am an accomplished veteran Custom Designer. As a child, my dream was to be a teacher that dressed like she was on a catwalk. My desire to be affiliated with fashion and education simultaneously, has led me to working in both fields for over a decade. I mentor because I am an advocate of the advancement and nourishment of our youth and subsequent communities.

Her Skills

She is best at sewing, pattern making, draping, Photoshop, Illustrator, web design, fashion design/styling, being an editor, technical design, blogging, social media management, marketing, and costume design.

Her Hobbies/Interests

Zina loves gardening, meditating, dancing, learning piano, going to self-development workshops, and listening to music.

Contact Her Directly At...

Her Cell: 804.721.0817 Her Email: zina@zinalanay.com Her Website: www.zinalanay.com Her IG: @tailormadezinalanay Her FB: Zina Lanay Her Twitter: @zina_lanay

Our Mission

No matter our backgrounds, we all aspire to guide young black women on their own successful journeys into the world of fashion. We will help pull our fellow designers through the hardships of the industry to proudly stand at the top.
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