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Creating beautiful pieces of art had always been in my blood, but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with scoliosis at ten years old that I really started to experiment. In the mid-2000’s I wore a plain chunky white body brace for my condition, and I didn’t want to wear that in school. I needed to add some personality to my new accessory, so I added funky designs and stickers. My creative juices started flowing and couldn’t be stopped. Six years later, I no longer needed my brace and thought to myself, “What else can I make different and funky?”
After high school I moved to New York City - the place to be for high fashion and innovative creativity. If you’ve been to the city, you know anything goes, and being there inspired me. I’d go back to my 300 square ft studio apartment in the village and think about how I could share my creativity with the world.
My career in entertainment started to take off and my passion project was put on hold until I landed in Nashville, TN. Even though I worked long hours working at a national daytime talk show, the passion of creating was always been on my mind. I decided to make a commitment to making this brand a reality. I worked my day gig and in the wee hours of the night and every weekend, it was time to officially launch made by alana.
I’m excited to share my designs with all of you. My hope is that they will become a staple in your house hold as they are in mine.