|Philippa Price & Smiley Stevens|
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Six-foot-something Philippa Price glanced across a New York City bar and locked eyes with a fellow skyscraper, a blonde named Smiley Stevens. That night, as the young women conversed, they realized they had more in common than just stature. Both were avid readers. Both grew up in Los Angeles. And both shared a fancy for fashion.
A student at Parsons The New School for Design, Price was pursuing a major in integrated design. Born in Hampshire, England, to Brits who later emigrated to L.A., she drew inspiration from her aunt, Maureen Baker, who'd designed clothing for the royal family in the '60s and '70s.
Stevens' path was a bit more meandering. Majoring in environmental studies and urban planning at NYU, she dabbled in modeling on the side.
The two developed a sisterly bond over the next few months.
"We started by making wallets in the metal studio at Parsons," Price says. "Smiley would sneak into the [metal] shop, and we'd lock ourselves inside. At first we were making the wallets for friends, and it just grew from there."
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