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Fashion designer vows Capital Region return

August 17, 2017 06:49 PM

We often hear young people say they have to leave the area in order to live their dreams. A young woman is determined, despite these challenges, to come back to her hometown.

Model Elona Mitchell-Strong enjoyed growing up in Schenectady.

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"When I was in Schenectady High School, I studied in the Fine Arts department, so anything that dealt with arts, I was totally all over it," Mitchell-Strong explained.

She started out sketching and painting and drawing fashion.

"I remember drawing jersey dresses. That's how it started," she recalled.

However, with all her talent, she says finding a place that would embrace it meant she would have to go outside the area.

"Everybody paints, everybody draws. We're all looking for a place to put our stuff," explained Mitchell-Strong.

So, she's been hitting the runway at the Harlem Fashion Week and Atlantic City Fashion Week. It was there organizers got wind that she was an artist and designer.

"It was the lace, it was the glue, but it was fun. It’s always an experience to see how it all comes out when it’s all said and done," she acknowledged.

Last year, she launched her company, 2 Strong, and was asked to show her designs in her first show.

"I dressed 35 models and it was a success," she exclaimed.

So now the goal is to gain fame elsewhere, but return to the Capital Region and create a space for others to find their success.

"I know that upstate New York doesn't have it for me. As much as it sucks to say that, I want to be able to bring it to upstate New York. So if I have to travel to go everywhere else, then that’s what I’m going to do, but the idea is to bring it back here," she assured.

After speaking to Mitchell-Strong, NewsChannel 13 decided to take a look at jobs in Schenectady.

According to the website Data USA, the arts and recreation account for 1.7 percent of jobs.


More information:

Facebook: Elona Hope Mitchell-Strong

Data USA: Schenectady

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WNYT Staff

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