Born and raised as an only child in Stockton, California, Lauren began sewing at the age of nine, when her Grandmother enrolled her in sewing classes at the local fabric shop. Lauren was a natural right from the start and loved sewing all sorts of things. She made clothes for her Barbie dolls and clothes for herself. When she was eleven, Lauren fully furnished her entire tree house with custom made, ruffled ottomans and curtains. Lauren further developed her love of fabric and fashion in high school, where she took more sewing classes
and completed a senior project all about fashion design. After high school, she stepped away from the sewing machine for a few years to pursue a college career in Interior Design at San Francisco State University. There, she learned a lot about form and function, color and textiles, lighting and design. San Francisco was also a place full of rich culture and diversity, which fueled her creativity and passion for the arts.
In 2003, during her third year at school and while working her sixth job in three years, Lauren decided it was time to venture out on her own and start her very own business, creating one-of-a-kind pieces of art. With her newfound interior design skills and her love of fabric, along with the seemingly endless resources for materials and clients in San Francisco, Lauren put an ad on Craigslist and took on a few custom sewing jobs. At first, she made a few cushions, and a quilt and then a highly complicated sofa slip cover. Over the next ten years, Lauren expanded her skills and built a very successful custom sewing business called Ida Lauren Designs, which served thousands of clients through excellent word-of-mouth referrals. She has collaborated with dozens of accomplished designers, helped companies with prototype products and created some amazingly unique products over the years. In 2010, Lauren and her then fiancé, Steve, purchased a home and moved to Concord in the East Bay of San Francisco so that they could begin settling down and starting a family. Now, after three years in the East Bay, the two are married with a baby on the way. Although Lauren is somewhat sad to be moving away from her own business of custom sewing, she is very happy to have more time to focus on her family. Not only that, but she is thrilled to become part of the team here at HDLC, where she hopes to inspire creativity and the passion for sewing in others. She welcomes students of all sorts and would love to help you with your next project!
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