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13-year-old Austin Fashion Designer Gets Picked Up By Nordstrom

Updated: Monday, August 25 2014, 05:07 PM CDT
A 13-year-old Austin native is gaining national attention for her fashion designs. Nordstrom even picked up her collection, making her one of the youngest designers for a major retailer.

When you talk to Isabella Rose Taylor, it's hard to remember she's only 13-years-old.  "I think that my clothes stay pretty young. It's not too mature."

She's had that confidence since she was eight, around the same time she started sketching designs and creating dream boards.  "After I first made one, I really just loved seeing that on my wall every day, and it was just really motivating."

Born in Austin, Isabella has always been drawn to art. Her parents enrolled her in a gifted school, where they were told she qualified to be a member of Mensa, the high IQ society. Around the same time, they sent her to her first sewing camp.

"I think that my parents saw how committed I was when I tried to sew a collection that summer," Isabella said. From there, her designs took off. "I did a trunk show at a couple of boutiques and I sold out most of my stuff.  So, I just put all of my things online and started selling online."

Suddenly her designs, which were already being showcased in Austin, got a global following.  Well known designers like Charlotte Ronson began mentoring her and offers started rolling in.

The branding toward kids her own age is exactly what attracted Nordstrom. They ordered 13 pieces from her collection to put in stores across the nation, making Isabella one of the youngest designers for a major retailer, ever. 

"I understand that I'm a novelty, but at the end of the day ultimately one of my goals is to have it not all be about my novelty and have it be people appreciating my designs," Isabella said.  "I always talk about setting goals...don't limit yourself, like, let your mind dream as big as it can. And ask for help cause a lot of people will give you such great advice and wisdom. And I would not be where I am without that advice from all these people."

Isabella says it's been a dream come true, one she envisioned five years ago.13-year-old Austin Fashion Designer Gets Picked Up By Nordstrom


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