Budding designer wins seed money for fashion brand

A 19-year-old budding designer from Mount Vernon has won big for her new fashion business.



Zionia Francis, who attends Westchester Community College, received $3,000 in seed money from her college and local chambers of commerce for her Indie brand on Thursday.



Francis had entered an entrepreneur competition, which was judged by community leaders.



Francis began creating her handbags inside her home.



"You know, when you see someone with a Louis bag, you're like OK, she's wearing a Louis Vuitton bag. I want someone to see my bag and say, Oh, OK, she's wearing an Indie bag," she says.



 


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