"I want my name to be associated with making women feel feminine, hip and confident," says Cynthia Vincent, designer and co-owner of Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent.
During her formal training and education at Otis Parsons School of Design, Cynthia won the 1988 Silver Thimble Award from Ann Cole. After graduation, Cynthia moved to London and quickly rose to be head designer of Jane Ong & Co., Ltd. Eventually Cynthia Vincent returned to California to start her own company, St. Vincent. Cynthia's designs were soon found in top specialty and department stores throughout the U.S., Asia, and the Pacific Rim. In 1998, Cynthia won Los Angeles' Rising Star Award.
In 2002, Cynthia joined Vince as head designer. It was no surprise when Cynthia resigned as director of design at Vince, that she was ready to launch something big. Her new line, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, was first presented during L.A. Fashion Week 2003 at the fall Mercedes Benz Show and has quickly become a featured line in stores like Neiman Marcus,Barney's, Fred Segal / Ron Herman, Tracy Ross, Scoop, Madison,American Rag, Bergdorf Goodman and Holt Renfrew. The line has been well received by the press and numerous celebrities.
"We reach for what makes us feel sexy and it's that attitude, coupled with a desire for comfort, that's inspired Twelfth Street," explains Cynthia. Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent is Cynthia's example of form, function and fabrication. As Cynthia states, she is making clothes that she wants to wear, "And if I stay true to that, then I believe I might be onto something."