Christen has been wrapped up in fashion for as long as she can remember. The granddaughter of a textile examiner and a sample maker, Christen learned to sew at a young age and was taught an appreciation for fine quality apparel. Unlike most children her age, Christen knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. Raised at the Jersey Shore, Christen spent her childhood learning as much as she could about fashion and dreaming of her future as a designer. In 2002, Christen received a degree in fashion design from Marist College. She also traveled abroad where she studied at the London College of Fashion and completed an apprenticeship with designer Ben di Lisi. Christen has put her knowledge and experience to work as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger for the past 12 years. She was also co-founder and designer of Hera Couture, a specialty dress company that made its home right here in Hoboken. Christen has recently discovered a new found passion in teaching her craft and looks forward to sharing her skills and experience with future fashionistas.