Designer Name: Aerin O’Connell
Label Name: INTREPID by Ao’c
“This is such an absolute honor and I am beyond thrilled and humbled. I know this will be a very memorable experience, and want to thank everyone who has made this possible. This is the beginning of everything, an amazing journey; I can’t wait to see where it ends up. I am a blessed and very lucky designer, this really is a dream come true.”
Background: FIT, Film Producer, Actress, and Philanthropist
Vision: Utilizing my brand INTREPID by Ao’c to inspire and make a difference in lives like we are doing in Liberia with our “Tunic For Change” campaign. INTREPID changed my life, the least I can do is give back to a world that gave me everything.
Signature Style: Classic with a twist
Influence: KATE MOSS, THE 90’S, HAUTE HIPPIE, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, NICOLE MILLER, MICHAEL KORS, DVF, Burberry, DIOR
Brand Philosophy: Classically innovative and chic
Making it Happen: Fear was paralyzing me for years, but fear is also what gave me the strength to push through and persevere. I made a promise to myself that no matter the repercussion of trepidation, I could and would accomplish all that I ever wanted out of life. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
Celebrity Crush: Joseph Gordon Levitt
What does New York City mean to you? I grew up on Long Island and moved into NYC when I was 17, so I spent some of the greatest days (and nights) of my life there. I have been inspired by this city more than words can express. A lot of “firsts” for me took place here; this city molded me into the strong woman I am today.