She walked up to me at Coffee Bean wearing huge sunglasses, with bright purple hair, and small as a waif. She sat down, handed me her resume (I didn't ask for it), and opened her portfolio to talk about all that she had done. Just so you know, Kristin has designed juniors-wear for probably every company you've ever heard of: Starling, Nordstrom, Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal, Top Man, Buckle, Zumiez, Hot Topic, Planet Blue, and LVR (told you).
She said she had samples in her car that she would show me, and that she really wanted to design for a brand that would represent her under her own name. Kristin had designed freelance for so many years under large companies labels, that she seemed to get pigeonholed into only being able to bounce around between jobs instead of being taken as her own brand. This fact was the main reason I hired her - she was the exact representation of what Alethea Spectacle is trying to do.
I'm not going to lie, when I approved Kristin's sketches for production, I was a little worried that they would be comparable to high street fashion and not be able to meet the price point of the store. I was worried they'd be too young, too loud, too colorful, and I had no idea about what the quality would be. But then I got this:
AllAlong's first collection is currently solely at Alethea Spectacle. Her pieces are limited to a quantity of six pieces each design.