Arlene is the owner and founder of Fashion Lab NY.
Her passion for design started when she was six, making clothes by hand for her dolls, and herself. Once she got a sewing machine there was no stopping her. While her high school friends were at the mall buying clothes, Arlene was at the fabric store designing something that would express her uniqueness.
Always knowing she wanted to be in the Fashion Industry, Arlene went to Philadelphia University where she received a B.S. degree in Textile Design. Now, a 30- year veteran in the fashion industry, Arlene has led design, product development and merchandising for global brands including New Era Cap, Life is good, Timberland and OshKosh B'Gosh.
In addition to the Fashion Lab NY, Arlene has taught Fashion Forecasting at Buffalo State College. Inspiring and mentoring others to develop their creative talents is what drives her today.
"My daughter loved working one on one with Arlene to create a romper. Her garment is amazing. The stitching is professional. Every detail is immaculate. Arlene really drove my daughter to complete this as her own so she really learned from the experience. I would highly recommend any course offered."
- Bridget L.
"Both my girls came out of the camp with the confidence of having sewn their very own scarf as well as a desire to continue learning the art of sewing! In the words of my 10 year old, "this was the best 6 hours of my life!" Thank you for your hands on approach in teaching my daughters a skill that hopefully will be used for years to come!"
"My daughter loved fashion camp and obtained great skills! She became more confident with the sewing machine, learned more about the fashion industry, and had a great time putting together her hand-picked fabric into a great outfit. I love it that Arlene showed the participants how to sew a basic outfit, but also allowed them creativity to make it their own."
- Amy J.