Mary Alice grew up on her family’s horse-breeding farm in Pennsylvania. She was a distinguished dressage rider and became selected for the U.S. Junior Olympic Equestrian Team. Visits from an eccentric grandmother sparked her curiosity in the transformative power of fashion.

A passion for psychology led to an education in political science. She later discovered her vocation as a ‘maker’ and enrolled in art school in Colorado.

Mary Alice’s affinity for craftsmanship and structural forms led to shoemaking, at London College of Fashion’s Cordwainer’s course.

Mary Alice’s psychology background remains an endless source of inspiration, ensuring that her designs explore more profound concepts than fashion themes alone.