The A Tree Grows collection is inspired by my life in Brooklyn, the place I called home for over 15 years. When most people think of New York City, skyscrapers, yellow cabs, and the bright lights of Broadway are usually the first things that come to mind. But my New York--and Brooklyn in particular--is filled with tree-lined streets and cobblestone sidewalks. To create this collection, I cast an actual leafy tree branch and modifiied the form to make it wearable art. For me, that fresh spring branch also symbolized the excitement of new beginnings. So whenever you wear pieces from this collection, you not only carry a little piece of Brooklyn with you, you have a fitting talisman for a new beginning.