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Fashion Week: Duo Design Teams Employ Personal Touch

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Fashion Week is right around the corner and for some local designers the bi-annual event is a family affair. NY1's Jessica Abo filed the following report.

Sisters Jodie and Danielle Snyder have been designing homemade accessories since they were kids.

"We actually taught ourselves how to make jewelry on our father's medical tools, so we're self taught. And it's something we always did together for fun and it turned into a business about five and a half years ago," says Jodie Snyder.

Among their earrings and bibs, you'll find bohemian inspired looks representing Danielle's personality and some classic staples showcasing Jodie's style.

"The base metal is brass and it's plated in oxidized silver, 14 karat gold. We use Swarovski
crystals and a lot of vintage elements," says Jodie.

For Spring/Summer 2014 the sisters say they were inspired by black and white films and strong leading ladies like their mom. And while they pay attention to every detail they also like to pay it forward.

"We have a women's cooperative in Rwanda handmaking the DanniJo packaging. So anytime anyone orders something off of it comes in this package with a little label about our collaboration with this organization, how it's empowering women, and is signed by the women in Rwanda who made it," explains Danielle Snyder.

Over at Chelsea Market, a husband and wife duo wants to help you become your own designer.

"I was a handyman and I used some of the chalkboard paint for the wall and thought it would be cool on a shirt so I put it on a shirt and then we made it work from there," says Christopher Carew, Co-Founder of Class Attire.

In 2007 the Chalkboard Tee by Class Attire was born. All of the shirts are made in the USA and printed in Brooklyn.

"This is the fashion capital of the world. So we just wanted to bring this to everybody and spread creativity," says Jinyen Carew, Co-Founder of Class Attire.

To help you tap into your inner artist, each shirt comes with a box of chalk and has a pocket so you can carry your favorite color. There are 25 designs with tote bags and bookbags in the works.

"I think maternity shirts would be great so you can take pictures every month with your belly," says Jinyen.

And if you don't like whatever you designed you can just chalk it up to experience and start over. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP