As reported in Crain’s Chicago Business, Reynolds recalls how she spent a lot of time in her mom’s Hyde Park closet growing up, enchanted by her extensive collection of designer heels. In fact, after coming up with roughly 20 designs she was happy with, Reynolds showed them to her mom first, when she came to visit her at college. “I want to start a shoe brand,” she recalls telling her mother. “I’ll be the designer, and I want you to help me build the business around it.” After graduating from the University of Chicago Laboratory School, Reynolds enrolled at the University of Southern California. During the summer after her junior year, she went to Milan for a training program at the ARSUTORIA, a top accessory design school.

Upon the time of her graduation, Reynolds realized that she was faced a tough choice: work as a designer at one of two major fashion houses that had expressed a fondness for her designs, or try to giving her own company a go, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

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Fashion Designer's luxury shoe brand rival's Prada

Fashion Designer’s luxury shoe brand rival’s Prada

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