Hi, I am Meca McKinney; CEO | Designer of Jypsea Leathergoods, LLC
Author of "ENVISION: The Young Accessory Designer's Guide to Collection Development," as a designer of handbags & small leathergoods with several years experience in the NYC fashion industry as a technical designer for well-known fashion brands, Meca McKinney has also established myself as independent designer with her line of luxury eco-friendly leathergoods-- Jypsea ~Eclectic Handcrafted Leathergoods. Shop the latest collections at Jypsea.com. Inquire about speaking engagements, design workshops/classes or book signings by emailing Meca at email@example.com.
Meca McKinney's Background
Meca McKinney's Experience
Fashion Restyle Instructor at Moore College of Art & Design
Teaching high school students who to re-purpose and re-design vintage items in the summer enrichment program.
Arts & Culture Writer at EDGE Philadelphia
Reviewing events related to arts and culture in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Style Blogger/Founder at Lifestyles of the Authentic & Creative
Web-based series reporting on global artistic, cultural & design innovators. Mission: Inspire!
Handbag Designer/Proprietor at Jypsea Eclectic Hand-crafted Leathergoods
Luxe eco-friendly line of leather handbags and accessories made from reclaimed leather and exotic skins.
Contributing Fashion Writer at TypeF.com
October 2010 - October 2011
Tyra Bank's fashion and beauty website.
Art/Design Instructor at Habitat of Humanity Recreation Center
April 2011 - June 2011
The primary focus of the 5 week program was teaching the fundamentals of design and applying these methods to the creation of accessories. the students ranged from ages 5-12. The weekly projects included illustration and the design of leather earrings, cuff bracelets, jewelry boxes and more. The students learned basic patternmaking, leather selection, cutting, applique and other construction techniques.
Fashion Accessories Writer at Examiner.com
June 2010 - June 2011
Reporting on trends, new designers, and events involving fashion accessories and designers in Philadelphia.
Co-owner at Down To Earth Boutique & Gallery
December 2008 - December 2010
An art gallery & boutique that nurtures and supports the works of indie artists & designers. A modern space to find out what's next. The opposite of mass-produced sameness.
Come thru! In the Washington Square Mall, 151 W. Washington St. Suffolk, VA
Instructor at Westside High School
October 2009 - December 2009
Westside High School facilitated a fashion design after-school club in which I taught accessory design. The students completed projects that included small accessories such as keyrings, earrings and other small accessories.
Fashion Design Instructor at Elizabethport After-School Program
September 2008 - December 2008
Taught handbag design and sewing to students ranging in age 5-14 who have never sewn previously. The students learned patternmaking, fabric selection, cutting, sewing and construction while building self-confidence and team morale.
Footwear Technical Designer at Capelli New York
March 2008 - August 2008
Responsible for creating the construction specification of each executed shoe designed. This included creating tech packs, conducting fittings, approvals of wearability, etc.
Owner at Innerglo home spa products
2004 - 2006
Meca McKinney's Education
Thomas Edison State College
2009 – 2011
Fashion Institute of Technology
2005 – 2007
Concentration: Accessory Design
Fashion Design Training Studio
1997 – 1997
Meca McKinney's Interests & Activities
Design, style, DIY, marketing, alliances/partnerships, home decor, parenting, healthy living