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erika mcdaniel, founder + head designer

erika lives her life playing for teams "no sleep" and "too much." in addition to serving as the founder + head designer of xvi I xiv, she is also the founder/owner of "Your Chic is Showing, LLC" (parent company to xvi I xiv) a personal shopping and styling firm, author of an award-winning blog also titled "Your Chic is Showing," and co-founder of "Come Shop My Closet" a firm that specializes in hosting exclusive shopping and consignment events across the country.  in her spare time, erika volunteers with various Philadelphia-area charities as a board member, trustee, committee member, and mentor.  she is a proud 2005 cum laude graduate of Howard University and has worked in the finance industry since that time.  erika enjoys shopping (obvi), traveling the world, reading, and takes her P.A.N.K (professional aunt, no kids) duties very seriously by spoiling her niece and two nephews.

erika in 140 characters or less: investment + wealth mgmt x day. entrepreneur + avid reader x night. Fashionista + jetsetter x 24/7.

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shawanda strother, lead seamstress + design consultant

shawanda is a Philly native who discovered her love of sewing at a very young age. she was, and still is, an avid admirer of her mother's gift in fashion design.  while working an average nine to five, she decided to make skirts for herself and a friend for a special occasion. while wearing that skirt she was approached by dozens of people asking where she got the skirt. upon learning that shawanda made it they began to ask if she could make them one too! and, well folks, the rest is history!  SewCuteSkirts is her calling and sewing is her passion.  the ability to express herself freely through design and creativity is her heart's desire!