Yici (Stephanie) Zhao, fascinated by the intellectual aspects of fashion, strives to impart meaning to each of her designs. Born and raised in Beijing, China. She graduated from Parsons Fashion Design and also with a major in Literature from Eugene Lang, Stephanie developed a diverse fashion vocabulary, often borrowing from the aesthetics of other art forms, including film and journalism. Over the years, Stephanie has worked at a wide variety of fashion houses, including Ralph Lauren and Yigal Azrouël. As an emerging designer, she considers each piece in her collection to be a genuine story teller, whereupon each design speaks an idea. She currently lives in New York and runs her own design studio.