DUMBO mom Stephanie Chen, who just launched her very own lingerie brand designed in DUMBO and made in NYC, tells us about her brand and life in our neighborhood.

Your job title: President Sapphire Bliss

Your work in one sentence: I design and run my own premier designer lingerie brand.  Designed and produced in New York City.

What is creative about your work: I start designing my collections from concept creation through researching.  Then I design my silhouettes and details through combining the current fashion trends and vintage references, this way my collection offers modern sensibility with the timeless vintage appeal.  Finally the product development and production stages take place where my designs transform into real garments.  I work with the top New York City pattern makers and sample rooms for this last but critical step.

Your children: Girl, nearly 7 years old

Which street do you live on: Jay street

Best thing to do with kids in DUMBO: Play at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, enjoy ice cream, throw rocks on the pebble beach

What do you love about living in DUMBO as a parent: I love the hip, liberal, and modern vibe in Dumbo.  Easy access to the water front and parks.  Kids-friendly.  And close by the city for endless entertainment choices as well as accessible for work.

What needs improvement in DUMBO for families: More good quality restaurants.  More parking spots.  Less constant film making.

More info about yourself/your company: I’ve been a womenswear fashion designer for 15 years.  After designing for brands such as Polo, Club Monaco, Express, Halston, etc…  I’ve decided to create my own premier designer lingerie brand where I can fully create what I’m passionate about…lingerie.  My company SAPPHIRE BLISS is an online retail store www.sapphirebliss.com