Robyn Smith is a New York-based fashion designer, illustrator, and visual artist from Baltimore Maryland. Robyn's love for designing was inspired by her older sister who would design prom gowns for her classmates. From the early age of nine years old, Robyn developed an eye for fashion and knew that she wanted to pursue a career in Design.
After high school, Robyn moved to New York City after being accepted to Parsons School of Design, where she achieved several accomplishments: winning the Zack Carr fashion designer award, the Jasco Fabrics design competition, an internship competition with the Gap, and interning with fashion designer Peter Som.
After college, Robyn went on to design for the House of Deréon in 2005 and traveled to Hong Kong and Mainland China to participate in sample fittings, to source new fabrics, and develop new designs to incorporate into the line. After designing for House of Deréon, Robyn transitioned to a fourteen-year career as a menswear cut and sew knit designer for American Rag, Macy’s young men's private label brand and later as CAD Director for Macy’s.
Robyn’s positions as a designer and design director gave her the opportunity to travel the world, visiting production houses in Mainland China and conducting trend analysis and market shopping in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and L.A.
In addition to Robyn's design career, she is also a well known fashion illustrator and visual artist. Her fashion illustrations were featured in the book publication entitled, Fashion Illustration by Chai Xiuming and Lu Haoyang. In 2021, Robyn designed a beautiful plus-size collection called ‘Robyn Nichole’ in collaboration with fast fashion brand Shein, which launched on September 13th. In addition to designing the collection, Robyn also participated in the Ace Hotel’s 2021 group art show entitled ‘Ours’ where her work was featured in the hotel's gallery space, with proceeds used to benefit the Teen Art Salon.
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