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In the name of fashion

A Rebel Icon Sportswear shirt is modeled by fashion design student and company owner Tina Guzman Photo courtesy of Rebel Icon Fashionwear

It all starts with a small idea, some determination and the willingness to risk it all to make a dream come true. City College has a large number of students who meet that description, putting it all on the line to make their dreams a reality.

Tina Guzman, a 37-year-old fashion merchandising student, and Terah Henry, a 25-year-old journalism student, are just two of City College students trying to make it work.

In January, Guzman launched RISportswear, a line of sportswear and accessories for men and women—but not without a few bumps in the road.

Guzman says her first dream was to start a women’s apparel business, but after hiring seamstresses and buying fabric she started running out of money, so she put that project on hold.

“When you are starting to have a hard time, it really wears you down, but you just have to keep the big picture in mind,” Guzman says. “Just keep going no matter how hard it gets.”

While helping her cousin with his apparel business, Guzman says she decided to try sportswear and later returned to women’s apparel after making some more money.

Now Guzman works as an office manager and a waitress while she attends school and works on her business. Organizing her time is difficult, she says, but she gets help from her daughter and son.

Guzman’s 18-year-old daughter, Sitara Nayabkhil, also attends City College as an English major and helps her mother by stocking the clothes and setting up booths for sales.

Fashion design student Terah Henry starts Bitter Sweet, a new clothing line of women's apparel Photo by ||Joshua Cantu || [email protected]||

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Henry, like Guzman is very busy. She has an AA in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco and is now pursuing journalism.

“I gain the acknowledgement and pleasure in knowing that someone is walking around in something I have made or designed and they love it,” Henry says.

Henry runs Bittersweet, a line of clothing, swimwear, jewelry and handbags. She says she has big dreams for her fashion career but also finds herself with similar challenges to Guzman.

“My biggest challenge is finding the time to put the work into making it as successful as I want it to be because I work full time during the day,” Henry says. “Then when I’m in school, it makes it almost impossible to have any free time for working on new designs as often as I should.”

Neither Guzman nor Henry say they are close to giving up, though.

“I am also considering trying out for Project Runway,” Henry says.

Both designers also add that they hope to start their own major clothing lines someday as well and that they find great pleasure in their work and will continue to strive to reach their goals.

“It’s like raising a baby—you have this idea and you feed it and make it grow,” Guzman says. “Just seeing it grow is the most satisfaction.”

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