LinOza stands as an emergent brand unifying the unique talents of Nelson Lin and Carmen Ortiz of Parsons Fashion.
In bringing together their visions of grace and luxury with clean lines and decadent textures, they take established tradition as a stepping-off point to explore innovative and alternative paths toward the next era of high fashion.
Nelson Lin a graduate from Parsons The New School for Design in Manhattan, New York City. Nelson started learning how to sew in high school, when he received a sewing machine from his sister and her boyfriend for his 15th birthday present. He started to experiment sewing by himself, and it remained largely a self-taught effort until he started taking fashion classes at the local community college. After high school, Nelson attended University of California - San Diego (UCSD) majoring in Economics. However, Nelson never abandoned his passion in fashion design, and continued to take classes at the local colleges. Upon graduating UCSD with an Economics degree, Nelson decided to attend Parsons in NYC to pursue his dreams.
While at Parsons, Nelson interned at Diane von Furstenberg before going to Derek Lam. With other Taiwanese designers such as Alexander Wang and Jason Wu as his inspiration, Nelson maintained a close relationship with his professors as well as the Dean of Parsons. They've provided invaluable guidance and advice for Nelson to begin his journey into the fashion industry.
Carmen Ortiz, born in Shreveport, Louisiana decided to pursue her design career upon graduating high school with numerous art courses under her belt. With dreams of pursuing fashion design Carmen applied to the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York and was accepted soon after.
While attending Parsons, Carmen interned at major corporations including Glamour Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Alexander Wang Inc., and Michael Kors International. After working at Alexander Wang as a handbag design intern, Carmen became infatuated with the intricacy and craft of leather goods and accessory design encouraging her to explore it further.
By the last semester of her senior year, Carmen had created a large network of inspiring and influential designers in the industry and in the classroom at school.