AN INTERVIEW WITH GINA FELDMAN LOVE
Q: How did you get into design?
I first got into design when I was young - playing with dolls and wanting more and more outfits for them.
With help from my mom, who was at one time a clothing designer and who is now a jewelry designer, I made
patterns out of construction paper and used scrap cloth that she gave me to make different clothes for
my dolls. I learned to knit at around 6 years old and I became really good at it. So I turned those
knitting needles into another way of making clothes for my dolls. I remember knitting a ballgown with a
bolero jacket from multicolored wool for one of my dolls when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I am sure
she was burning up in that wool dress since we lived in Jamaica, W. I. at the time.
While in college, I studied political science and history - yet, I spent an inordinate amount of time
sketching dresses, jewelry, shoes and bags. In law school, I continued sketching unabated. By the time I
realized that I should have done something else with myself, I was interviewing for jobs as a lawyer -
well down the path of a legal career having incurred a lot of debt from law school.
Finally, after several years of working as a real estate lawyer in Manhattan, I decided to take night and
weekend classes at Parsons. I studied handbag design and branding. Those classes were the highlight and
joy of my life at the time. They lead to my creating Peryton, a New York-based leather goods brand. And
Peryton led to Auvere.