About the designer
Alexis Mondragon's first introduction into the arts was ballet at the age of 3, in Tucson Arizona. While in her teens, she had the opportunity to continue her training in ballet at several prestigious ballet schools around the country, including Kirov Academy of Ballet, School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and American Ballet Theater. Education and traveling enabled her to obtain opportunities to create innovative ballet costumes for several local and touring performances. Among them were Urban Ballet Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Alexis is a 2010 graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she majored in fashion design and construction. SAIC honored her with the Nick Cave Award and the Walk Scholarship for a fellowship to complete a capsule collection for the 2011 fashion show. Soon after, Alexis moved to New York City where she received specialized training for production supervising in knitting, linking and finishing from Stoll America. Upon completing her training, she worked in a domestic full-fashioned knitwear factory managing the finishing department until its closing in 2013. There, she worked on many American fashion brands promoting Made in USA programs, including: Ralph Lauren, Anthropology, and Abercrombie and Fitch. From there she worked as a technical designer for Fashion Avenue Knits, becoming the bridge between knowledge of knitting machine capabilities for sweater construction and technical design and where she worked closely with domestic and overseas knitting factories on mass production runs. She left FAK to join the Stoll America Knitting Machinery team to head up their inhouse domestic production and product development for production. Again managing several Made in USA production runs from conception to concluded bulk shipments. Alexis left Stoll America to pursue her dream start-up knitwear line, Studio A NYC, while continuing to freelance for several companies and independent projects in Manhattan's garment district.