Jenny Carle '08

Apparel Design

I wouldn't be a fashion designer had I not gone to St. Kate's. They're big on sustainability, which is really important to me.

hometown

St. Paul, Minnesota

deciding on an area of study

Early in her college career, Jenny Carle shuffled colleges and majors, leapfrogging from nursing to interior design, before landing at St. Kate's, where a degree in apparel design enabled her to commit to a career.

"I wouldn't be a fashion designer had I not gone to St. Kate's," she says. Both the program and the university were a great fit. "They're big on sustainability, which is really important to me."

today

Jenny is currently an independent fashion designer. The self-employed Jenny has rented a studio in St. Paul's Lowertown for three years, designing vintage-inspired dresses that she describes as feminine and playful. In a way, she says, her work reflects her alma mater: "My style and my way of life mirror the feeling I had at St. Kate's, being an independent, sustainable woman but also inspired by the past — which is just being on campus with all the great architecture."

Jenny chips away at her student loans by waitressing at the Little Oven in St. Paul and relies on the growing network of Katie fashionistas. Her biggest success? Knowing that some people will stroll through Cliché and say: "Oh, that's a Jenny Carle dress."