Elizabeth Triana I fell in love with sewing when I was just a little girl, working for my mother. When I was 12 years old, I applied for acceptance in a tailoring class, but since the class was for adults the instructor wouldn’t let me join at first. I sat outside the door of that class for two weeks, until one day the instructor finally handed me a list of classroom supplies — I was in! I studied fashion design, pattern creation and garment construction in that class for three years and graduated in a class full of adults. I was 15 years old.I graduated college with a degree in Business Administration, and in 1984 I came to the U.S. I spoke only a few words of English, so I expected to get only menial jobs at first. But I was lucky enough to find a Spanish-speaking store called Galvan’s Cleaners, which had no jobs but referred me to a tailor shop downtown. I visited the shop, and the sight and sound of the familiar machines made me feel right at home. I worked there part-time for 3 months, and then I found a full-time tailoring job at a menswear store, where I stayed for 10 years.