Meet Team Mondo Interns Jekolia Matuszewicz & Kellehanna E’Shawn

With new Team Mondo interns Jekolia (L) and Kellehanna (R).

With new Team Mondo interns Jekolia (L) and Kellehanna (R).

I have often said that if I wasn’t in fashion, I would love to be an art teacher.  Luckily, working with interns allows me to experience the best of both worlds.

This summer, I have the pleasure of working with two bright, talented students — Colorado College sophomore, Jekolia Matuszewicz, and Denver School of the Arts junior, Kellehanna E’Shawn.  These two ladies are real winners.  Literally!  I first met them as a judge for their respective competitions and was blown away by their creativity.  Jekolia is the reigning Miss Modernism and Kellehanna took first place at this year’s Good Exchange Fashion Show presented by Goodwill Industries of Denver.
The interns and I are working on some very exciting projects.  I’ve asked them to help me bring a special runway presentation to life for Urban Peak’s Urban Nights fashion show, benefiting homeless youth in Denver.  Not only will we be creating a capsule collection together, the ladies will also be backstage with me as we prepare for the runway show.
As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve also challenged each intern to develop her own independent project.
Busy bees in the studio.

Busy bees in the studio.

Busy bees in the studio.Jekolia sees herself as an emerging fashion activist and believes design is a vehicle to drive social and environmental progress.  In that spirit, she’s come up with an idea to raise money and awareness for her service sorority’s philanthropic efforts.  As a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Jekolia aims to create book bags and backpacks out of vintage and global fabrics, with a percentage of sales supporting Reading is Fundamental, the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the U.S.  I’ll be helping her design and collect fabric for the bags as well as broadcasting her project via social media and on MondoGuerra.com.

Kellehanna is exploring uncharted fashion territory as one of the first designers to participate in The Cotery, currently in private beta testing.  The new company offers a platform for pre-sales of garments on their website and once a style hits its sales goal, The Cotery handles all of the manufacturing, fulfillment and customer service through their facility in Los Angeles and their offices in Boulder, CO.  Kellehanna’s mini-collection will feature a blend of her original artwork with touches of my signature prints.  I’ll also be helping broadcast Kellehanna’s project online.
Stay tuned to the MondoGuerra.com blog for more updates on Jekolia and Kellehanna’s progress!
xo!
MONDO