Gowns have taken me all over the world. In 2012, I moved back to my hometown Nashville, TN. Running the brand from Music City has presented opportunities to meet and design for some of my all-time favorite entertainers, including Dolly Parton. It has truly been a dream come true. While designing gowns is an obvious passion, I am so thankful to have been blessed with such a fulfilled life. I have an amazing life partner, Ian. Together we are always on the go trying new restaurants, attending the theatre, or visiting with family members.
Discovering new interests keep my fire lit. This past year Ian and I have started gardening and eating clean right from our back yard. Nashville may soon be known as hops city as well. We love venturing to the numerous craft breweries that have opened to hunt for the next great beer. Thank you for visiting our site and feel free to reach out via the “contact us” tab. I love hearing from our fans and reading inspiration stories from the women we dress.
Or you could call me “Natalia” as I am often referred to in the office. My journey with Johnathan Kayne has been wild and fun. Starting as an intern while studying at the prestigious O’More College of Design it was clear that this team was a great fit for me. After graduating from the Fashion Merchandising program I soon returned and became design assistant and Kayne’s right hand gal. Overseeing that process and my prior experience with the team gives me a great advantage as I have now stepped into the role of Glam Manager. With this fun title I now tackle the day to day operations, and manage the team. Outside of gowns I enjoy spending time with family, and love traveling as much as possible.
As a lover of all things glitz and glam, working in the fashion industry has always been a passion/dream of mine. I was lucky enough to explore my passion as a teenager by working for a bridal and formalwear store in North Mississippi. In 2010, I visited Nashville for the first time and fell completely in love with the city – it was in that moment that I knew I was just a small-town girl with big city dreams. While at the store, I often found myself dreaming about working for one of the brands that we carried – little did I know, ten years later that dream would become reality. I am so thrilled to be serving as the Customer Relations Manager at Johnathan Kayne and look forward to building lasting relationships with our retailers and continuing to see women’s faces light up when they find their dream dress for life’s special moments.
Throughout my career and life, I have always had a curiosity of how things are made. I enjoy the process from sketch to final fitting and the best part – seeing the client’s smiling face in the final product! I have a varied background in the fashion industry but my heart landed on alterations and clothing construction here at Johnathan Kayne as the head seamstress. When I’m not working, I’m enjoying life with my beautiful family and great friends!
I always wanted to draw and design for a living, so I attended Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. After receiving my BFA in fashion design and illustration, I began my first job at Mattel as a fashion illustrator for the Barbie division. I continued to learn the industry as an eveningwear and special occasion designer and eventually started my consulting business working with film studios as an illustrator and graphic artist for the consumer product divisions. Out of all the skills I have learned over my career, drawing has always remained my first love. I am excited to be part of the Kayne kingdom dream team where I can once again do what I love and do best. When not wielding an electronic pen, I enjoy taking care of my garden and aquarium.
I have been fortunate to work and play in the apparel industry for over thirty years. From my first job in design, to product development, technical design, manufacturing, finance and operations, retail, and education, my experience stretches across the board. I have worked with leading apparel brands, and been able hang out with NFL and NBA athletes for team outfitting. While I am way to introverted for Project Runway, I did get to be a member of the design team for outfitting American athletes for two different Olympic Games. So I have been fortunate to take part in some amazing projects. At heart, I am a southern girl who loves spending time with family and friends, sewing, doing creative projects, reading, mentoring, learning something new, going for rides in the country, and being outside in a quiet serene place. Candles, flowers, old architecture, books, libraries, bookstores, animals, and laughter are a few of my favorite things.
I learned from an early age that computers and technology make the world go round. Before I was old enough to go to school, I was firing up the dial up and disconnecting my grandma from her phone calls. This little taste of tech would fuel a lifelong passion for computers. In high school I built my first PC and learned how to manage our home network. That experience turned into a job learning low voltage cabling and networking on a commercial scale, allowing me to really expand my technological knowledge and understanding. Most recently I spent time as a Help Desk Analyst learning the ins and outs of a business’s daily IT needs. Like most IT guys, if you need me, look for the office with the lights off.
Since I was a kid, I had a passion for art and creativity. I was always trying to find way to express that whether it was at music lessons, art classes, dance teams, or whatever project I gave myself. I loved it! I always knew going into the real world I wanted a career that I loved and enjoyed doing, and that’s when I learned how to use fashion as a medium. I am from Brownsville, TN, and working towards a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising at Mississippi State University. Thankfully, I got this amazing opportunity to intern at Johnathan Kayne. It has been a true blessing while I am working towards becoming a “real fashion designer”!