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Sandy Chilewich

Design legend, Sandy Chilewich, was born and raised in New York City and did not have the typical rise to fame most other notable designers have had. As someone who originally wanted to be a psychologist and dropped out of college, Chilewich did not have the traditional education and background within the artistic and design field. Instead, she started her career by selling jewelry and bleaching black shoes bought from Chinatown, which eventually made its way onto a two-page spread on Vogue. Sandy Chilewich started gaining attention with her award-winning “RayBowls” - containers made out of a simple steer wire frame and vinyl netting, and co-founded the highly successful legwear company HUE. In 2000, Chilewich introduced a collection of floor mats, placemats, and totes from woven vinyl, which helped solidify her career as a designer. She is known for experimenting with natural and synthetic materials in a way that pushes their physical and functional properties.