While she was at Parson Design in New York she completed a BA in Fashion design. Still attending Parson she was hired as a design intern at Donna Karan, , later she joined the team as a design intern at Proenza Scholar. The year she was graduating year Carly completed an internship at Oscar De La Renta where she worked closely on the ready to wear collection.
While attending Parsons, Carly meet Michelle and they received top honors at school, like the CFDA scholarship and the SAGA award, also runner-up and winner of 2007 Parsons Designer of the Year. Carly’s and Michelle’s senior collections were also featured in a cover story for WWD upon graduation.
Their diverse backgrounds coupled with a strong sense of the female form and thorough education resulted in a collection that is playful and full of shape and technical craftsmanship. It is a constant evolution of form and function that is CUSHNIE ET OCHS.
Since the launch of CUSHNIE ET OCHS Spring 2009 collection, they have received the 2009 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and were finalists for the 2010 Fashion Group International Rising Star Award. CUSHNIE ET OCHS is sold in the most exclusive boutiques worldwide and has been featured in Vogue and W magazine as the New Guard as well as has numerous credits in leading publications.