Veronica Apsan is the founder and host of Fashion Aficionado. She is an award-winning humanitarian and fashion designer who has worked with non-profits like Make-A-Wish America, United Federation of Teachers (UFT), Children of the United Nations, Culture-for-One Organization, and fashion houses like Trina Turk, George Simonton Couture, and Pendleton Coats. Her rising label, APSAN showcased in Neiman Marcus in an exhibit called “The future of fashion.” Additionally she is working with scientists to develop smart textiles infused with plant-based healing properties catering to sport, athleisure, and medical markets.
My Vision for 2019 and beyond
The human body is an architectural masterpiece created by nature.
When we are reminded of the beauty, the majesty, and the sacredness of nature, daily, we find our inner essence or our presence more easily and can operate this architectural masterpiece to the best of our ability.
When we are connected with ourselves on higher levels, our energy level or frequency rises - naturally transforming our awareness and how we interact with the world around us.
This “lucid state of consciousness" is known as the awakened mind and we can use fashion as a daily reminder to reconnect with this higher version of ourselves.
As a Fashion Designer, I develop clothing that enables healthy, empowered living through smart textiles.
Understanding human psychology & emotions is essential in the strategy to create these kinds of garments.
This year, my concept in consumer satisfaction is divided into two themes: high tech innovations and behavior based approaches.
The clothing we wear plays a vital role in our physical, mental, and emotional states.
Therefore, Fashion is a very personal environment.
The fabrics that interact with our skin, the colors we see, and the scents we smell all have the ability to uplift our energy levels and affect how we feel.
Our clothing is an extension of our life, our moods, emotions and personalities.
And so, now understanding this innate principle,
How does your outfit make you feel?!
Our clothes can improve or weaken our daily routines. If you are not living consciously, you will surely rob yourself of experiencing the reality where your clothes can be used as a tool to improve your life, not just a commonality that most of us take for granted.
With the rise of e-textiles, smart fabrics, and sensor technologies, we have the ability to induce mental, physical, and emotional responses that affect the frequency of our brain waves, enabling us to feel clarity, focus, a greater sense of wellbeing.
Connecting with our clothing in this new way, will help us become more mindful of ourselves, our habits and routines, so that we can maintain healthy and conscious lives.
Health and wellness is high on our priority list in order to achieve happiness and fulfillment. So, it is only right to wear clothing that provides positive and meaningful benefits to us!
APSAN utilizes smart textiles infused with plant-based healing properties to optimize our feeling of wellbeing, and support healthy brain & muscle function - simply by getting dressed.
Together design, science, technology, and the essence of nature can transform the human condition.
It’s my mission to improve the human condition through fashion.
Entre x Microsoft
Fit - Mit
Not only is Veronica an extremely talented young woman, she has the qualities to become
a tremendous fashion leader in our industry. I've seen her excellent work ethic over 6 years of knowing her.
With every project Veronica
undertakes, she does it with her whole heart and soul and continuously achieves
- GEORGE SIMONTON, CFDA FASHION DESIGNER AND TENURED OUTERWEAR PROFESSOR AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Veronica brings a sharp mind, curiosity and creativity to innovation and strategic planning. Through her passion for the fashion industry and FIT as an institution she gave our project a needed voice that acknowledged the past but clearly articulated a powerful future for fashion, design, and technology. She was a wonderful part of the team and a deft and influential leader among many strong personalities.
CHRISTIAN CREWS- MANAGER AT KALYPSO/ STRATEGIC PLANNING TEAM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Veronica is a beautiful, talented, caring, and curious young woman who is committed to excellence. From the onset, she showed a great commitment to the fashion design major, her classmates and the institution far beyond her years. By nature, Veronica is often the originator of fresh ideas, new ventures and initiatives. Her contagious enthusiasm has always made her a joy to work with and is indeed part of the great energy and vitality she brings to whatever she does.
LINDA TAIN- TENURED FASHION ART/DESIGN PROFESSOR AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
We are grateful for Veronica’s help and devotion to CFO. Veronica has become such an integral part of our team. We all love you so much!
SUSAN KASARSKY- HEAD OF STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR CULTURE FOR ONE ORGANIZATION
Veronica embraces opportunities in her life as leader, explorer of ideas, and as a contributor to society. She
values and embraces her education and applies herself fully at all times and in every way – always with
great appreciation, grace and a ready smile.
EILEEN KARP: FASHION DESIGN CHAIRPERSON AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Veronica proved herself a talented and knowledgeable public speaker when she moderated a women's entrepreneurship event at Microsoft we at Start It Up and our event partners helped produce. Hope to have her moderate again in the future.
NICO HODEL- CTO OF START IT UP NYC
Veronica possesses art, design and conceptual skills. From the very
early stages it was evident that Veronica had the complete package that was necessary to be a
fashion designer. Not only was she a self-motivating and hard working individual, she
was open to all discussions and different approaches that would bring her work to the next level.
Veronica always challenges herself; often
taking an approach that is less comfortable and more innovative. She has an aesthetic and
maturity that far exceeds her age.
STEVEN STIPELMAN- WWD FASHION ILLUSTRATOR & TENURED ART/DESIGN PROFESSOR AT FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Veronica is one of the most inspiring and ambitious entrepreneurs I’ve had the pleasure to know. She’s been an amazing partner with our events for entrepreneurs by moderating our panelists of founders and investors.
MICHAEL MARRA- CEO OF ENTRE