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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Housewares Designer
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bali, Indonesia
Favorite Quote:
If A Man Has But Two Dollars, He Should Buy A Loaf Of Bread With One And A Flower With The Other.

Birthplace

Born:
5/2/1955
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Housewares Designer
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bali, Indonesia
Favorite Quote:
If A Man Has But Two Dollars, He Should Buy A Loaf Of Bread With One And A Flower With The Other.

Birthplace

Born:
5/2/1955
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Fashion and housewares designer Patti Yvonne Carpenter was born on May 2, 1955 in Washington, D.C. to Vivian and Horace Carpenter. She graduated with honors from McKinley Technical Senior High School in 1973. She then continued her education at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, receiving her B.A. degree in fashion design and fashion illustration in 1975 and 1976, respectively.

In the fashion industry, Carpenter worked with Scott Barrie, Bill Blass, Oscar De La Renta, Gloria Vanderbilt, Adrienne Vittadini, Cynthia Rowley, Peter Max, The Limited Corporation, Timberland, and Ralph Lauren.

Carpenter became disillusioned with the garment industry after twenty-five years, and turned her interests to home furnishings. She is a principal and creative director of Continuum Home, Inc. and Carpenter & Company. As a design, color and trend consultant and merchandiser, Carpenter works with clients such as the Worth Collection, the Exploris Museum, and Agexpront of Guatemala country originals.

Carpenter’s product line, the Phillips Collection, can be found in numerous retailers including Donna Karen, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, J.C. Penney, and Macy’s.

Through her extensive work with Aid for Artisans, she has worked with the International Executive Service Corps and was awarded the Presidents Volunteer Service Award by President George W. Bush in 2005. Carpenter sits on the executive board of the High School of Fashion Industries and is a guest lecturer for the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Parson School of Design and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Carpenter currently lives in New York City.

Carpenter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 10, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Patti Carpenter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Patti Carpenter lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Patti Carpenter describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Patti Carpenter describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Patti Carpenter describes her father's talents and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Patti Carpenter describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Patti Carpenter remembers her paternal great aunt
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Patti Carpenter describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Patti Carpenter describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Patti Carpenter describes her father's occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Patti Carpenter describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Patti Carpenter remembers her nursery school in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Patti Carpenter recalls Jessie LaSalle Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Patti Carpenter describes her childhood influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Patti Carpenter describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Patti Carpenter describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Patti Carpenter describes her family's involvement in civil rights activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Patti Carpenter describes Bertie Backus Junior High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Patti Carpenter remembers the March on Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Patti Carpenter recalls her mentors at Bertie Backus Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Patti Carpenter describes McKinley Technical High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Patti Carpenter recalls her decision to attend Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Patti Carpenter describes the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Patti Carpenter describes her early career in the fashion industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Patti Carpenter describes her work with Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Patti Carpenter describes her work at Gloria Vanderbilt
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Patti Carpenter remembers her business trips to Hong Kong
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Patti Carpenter describes her experiences of racial discrimination in the fashion industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Patti Carpenter remembers working for Adrienne Vittadini
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Patti Carpenter recalls the creation of her own fashion line, Apparenza
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Patti Carpenter describes her work with pop artist Peter Max
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Patti Carpenter talks about licensing in the fashion industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Patti Carpenter describes her work with The Limited Inc., pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Patti Carpenter describes her work with The Limited Inc., pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Patti Carpenter recalls leaving The Limited, Inc. to work for Timberland Boot Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Patti Carpenter remembers her career at Timberland Boot Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Patti Carpenter recalls her experiences of racial discrimination in Andover, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Patti Carpenter recalls founding an international development consulting firm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Patti Carpenter describes her work with artisans in South America and Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Patti Carpenter describes her Bolivian line, Carpenter and Company, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Patti Carpenter describes her Bolivian line, Carpenter and Company, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Patti Carpenter describes the types of funding for small businesses
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Patti Carpenter remembers the attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Patti Carpenter reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Patti Carpenter shares her advice for future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Patti Carpenter narrates her photographs