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Fashion designer and architect Sofia Mantoni has been running a brick-and-mortar shop called LO Boutique for some time now. Recently, she was selected to show eight of her designs at New York Fashion Week. Mantoni was one of ten designers chosen as part of the "Ones to Watch" club, surpassing thousands of entrants.

"In Argentina...when you study in the university the first two years are kind of common between fashion design, industrial design, graphic design and architecture, and then you kind of specialize," said Mantoni to Inlander about her initial transfer in career from architecture to clothing design."But I've designed clothes forever. I recall like when I was 12, I would tell my mom, 'I want this, can we go find it?' So I pictured something in my mind and we'd try to go find it and it didn't exist. My mom knew how to sew, so I said, 'Can you make it for me?'"

When asked for how long LO Boutique has been open, the owner replied, "The store we opened two-and-a-half months ago. We've been online for almost five years. I had to learn how to do pretty much everything. So even though I knew how to make clothes, and design runs through my veins, it was a learning experience throughout those five years that took us where we're at now."

"So I was already designing for fall 2020 ... and I decided to apply for the Fashion Week and I told my husband," she said regarding being accepted into New York Fashion Week. "'Yeah, I don't know if I can do that' And he said, 'Take a shot, I'm pretty sure you're going to get in.'"OK, whatever, I'll do it." And so I took that shot and surprisingly, for me — not for him, because he wasn't surprised — they called me."

When asked about her favorite designs to work on, Mantoni said that "Minimalism is something that I would use in whatever it is I do in every design, be it architecture, furniture or clothing. I like minimalism. I try to do a lot of [styles] so there's streetwear, there's activewear, there's casual-wear, and then there's partywear. We try to do exclusive limited runs of the design. So once those are gone, they're gone for good. And we produce as much as we can here in the United States."

Information originally sourced from Inlander.