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Our Team

 

 Our teams of designers, engineers, and occupational therapists conceive and build accessible wearables that address the needs of their clients. Our continuous research in the field means we’re always working towards fashionable, functional, clothing solutions.

 

Board of Director

 
  Grace Jun   Executive Director

Grace Jun

Executive Director

Grace Jun is a designer and social entrepreneur working at the intersection of universal design & fashionable technology. Her latest work, an inclusive designed blazer for women who have undergone post-breast cancer surgery, is on show at the FIT Museum’s The Body Exhibit. Grace serves on FIT Museum’s Body Advisory Committee and a nonprofit company, AXS Labs.  She has been asked to speak about disability and design in numerous settings, including Design Indaba 2017, Forum for the Future, and SXSW 2018.

 

  Christina Mallon   Digital Marketing

Christina Mallon

Digital Marketing

28 began having hand weakness in Spring 2010. Over six years the weakness progressed to complete paralysis in her arms & hands. Doctors believe that she has a rare form of ALS called Flail Arm Syndrome. Her dressing challenges include zipping a coat, or putting on gloves in cold weather. The Tribeca resident is passionate about the accessibility technology & its ability to improve quality of life.

  Pinar Guvenc   Business Strategy

Pinar Guvenc

Business Strategy

Pinar Guvenc’s experience runs the gamut from economic incentives and grants real estate development, job creation and technology innovation, to functional furniture and clean tech innovation. She manages business operations and commercialization efforts at international architecture and design studio Eray/Carbajo. Understanding the value of strategic collaborations, she created and teaches a strategic collaboration workshop series for Made in NYC initiative and Pratt Center for Community Development.

  Kristine Keller   Strategic Partnerships

Kristine Keller

Strategic Partnerships

 
 

Board of Advisor

  Maura Horton   MaganaReady Founder

Maura Horton

MaganaReady Founder

 
  Lexie Komisar   IBM Global Program Leader  Growth and Strategic Partnership

Lexie Komisar

IBM Global Program Leader

Growth and Strategic Partnership

 
  Minha Lea Yoon   Saint Peter’s Hospital Seoul

Minha Lea Yoon

Saint Peter’s Hospital Seoul

 
 
  Douglass Balder   Balder Architecture Founder

Douglass Balder

Balder Architecture Founder

For over 30 years Douglas Balder has balanced designing award-winning exhibitions, cultural centers, and learning environments and bettering his community. He helped to found and serves on the board of the All Stars Project, Inc., an independent, free program that transforms the lives of inner-city youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance in partnership with caring adults.

 

  Sara Kozlowski   Council of Fashion Designers of America  Director of Professional Development

Sara Kozlowski

Council of Fashion Designers of America

Director of Professional Development

 
 

Team

 
  Kilian Son   Content Director

Kilian Son

Content Director

Kilian Son is a fashion content director and also a entreprenewur who started collaborating with diverse fashion labels to create contents since 2013. He specializes in creating essential materials for fashion brands to best promote with the combination of his aesthetics and business sense.

  Gabi Steel   Data Storytelling & Community Management Lead

Gabi Steel

Data Storytelling & Community Management Lead

 
  Vanessa Sanchez   Creative Tech Researcher

Vanessa Sanchez

Creative Tech Researcher

 
  Amy Jung   Community Engagement & Development Lead

Amy Jung

Community Engagement & Development Lead

Amy Jung is a Design Strategist building human-centered programs to connect talented individuals and brands. She develops multidisciplinary models that drive creative solutions for people, product, and markets. Amy is also the co-founder of Raw Haus, a community supporting emerging creatives in design and technology, and consults for early-stage startups under Shared Realities. Amy holds an honors BFA Integrated Design degree from Parsons The New School for Design.

  Julia Liao   Product Design Researcher

Julia Liao

Product Design Researcher

 
  Kieran Kern

Kieran Kern

Kern believes that sharing stories brings people together. The writer, social media consultant, wife and mom of two, also knows the necessity of apparel that functions and looks good. She has Cerebral Palsy and Fibromyalgia and was looking for a coat that would fit well, reflect her personality and be easy to don and doff whether in front of other parents or potential clients.

  Irene Park

Irene Park

 
 

Alumni

2017 Fellows

Johnathan Hayden, Chau Nguyen, Yan Hong, Cheng cheng Zhao, Kailu Guan, Staci Chan, Abi Lierheimer, Taeyeon Kim, Neya John, Kaitlin Crowther, Renata Gaui, Maggie Mahoney.

2016 Fellows

Amy Fleischer, Elizabeth Riley, Chika Uzoma Eke, Morgan Kane, Logan Sweet, Christina Glover, Yuchen Zhang, Searom Jung, Jeongsu Lee, Uma Desai, Johnny King, Priyal Parikh, Ruthie Merrell.

2015 Fellows

Tobias Froehlich, Manika Makhijani, Audrey Bosquet, Arash Kani, Sam Cocjin, Brittany Bautista, Loren Fields, Diana Smith, Renee Nassar, Charles Saidel, Erica Green, Sanaya Kondaskar, Kristin Slater, Connie Liu, Sarah Spencer, Kyley Smithers, Emily Wang, Hana Rovin, Chloe Cooper, Liz Porter, Alessandra LeFort.

2014 Fellows

Sam Hong, Tara Ebsworth, Ellie Mockler, Amy Chen, Ioannis Smanis, Emeleigh, Kathryn Morrissey, Melodie Liu, Derrick Huang, Deniz Aksel, Beth-Ann, Alex Peacock, June Kim, Kira Bender, Leah Gaffney, Hanna Oh, Alexandra Billert, Christopher Hurbs, Yuchen Su, Sara Tian.

 
 

Join Our Team

Open Style Lab is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating accessible and stylish clothing for people of all abilities.  To accomplish this, Open Style Lab undertakes three main projects: our flagship summer program, class offered at the Parsons School of Design, and research projects.

We are always looking for talented individuals to work on exciting new projects and our summer program. We are currently looking for interns, volunteers, and freelancers.

Send your CV and a Cover Letter indicating with one of the positions below to hello@openstylelab.org