Emily Matson is a junior at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California. During the summer of 2011, she interned at O, The Oprah Magazine. This summer she plans to intern for fashion designer, L’Wren Scott, in Paris. In addition to fashion, Emily is a member of the National Honor Society and a committed Francophile who loves to travel. She is co-owner of Emi-Jay, Inc., a company that produces hair accessories that are widely seen on women of all ages across the country. Emi-Jay has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, Marie Claire, Allure, and Seventeen, among many other publications. Sales in 2011 exceeded one million dollars.
January 11, 2012
Since I was in elementary school, I have been drawn to the world of apparel and accessories. For as long as I can remember, I have been constantly sketching and looking through fashion magazines, tearing out pictures to tape up on my wall, creating collages and making folders of images that ultimately inspired me to create Emi-Jay, Inc.
In the eighth grade, my friend Julianne and I noticed a growing trend of hair accessories for girls at our school. Given our passion for fashion and accessories, we wanted to create something of our own. Our journey began in the Los Angeles fashion district where we bought a variety of materials. We started making hair ties in Julianne’s kitchen, dying elastics until our fingers and all of Julianne’s mother’s kitchenware was stained with different colors.
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