“I’ve always been driven,” notes Sarah Quick, the designer behind Modern Shades of Grey. Young, beautiful and ambitious, Sarah spins a lot of plates at one time, but channels her creative side when crafting Modern Shades of Grey’s popular pieces, along with her mother in Middletown, which include earrings, bracelets, necklaces, scarves and hair accessories. Each piece is original, many incorporating unexpected components she describes as “up-cycled.”
“My inspiration comes from all over,” she explains. “It comes from vintage pieces I have in my closet, artwork I see on the street, trends that I see on the runway.” Modern Shades’ latest collection, “Cusp,” is inspired by Sarah’s interest in astrology; her “Gris” collection, which was unveiled this past spring, was inspired by beads Sarah personally sourced, and she’s looking ahead to fashion a zodiac-inspired collection.
Consumers, retailers and local designers have taken note. “I try to get involved in the local fashion scene, and attend events where I can interact with other up and coming designers as well as others in the industry,” says the savvy 20-something. “I try to stay organized and focused on my goal of improving and expanding my business.” Part of the line’s growth can be attributed to the exposure it received during StyleWeek Providence, including during an accessory showcase and being paired with designer ensembles that have graced the runway. “I loved being a part of StyleWeek,” she enthuses. “It was amazing to see my brand transform into something bigger as more people became familiar with the name and signature pieces. StyleWeek was a great asset to promoting my business because I met many people that I eventually collaborated with on photo shoots, trunk shows, as well as being on the runway in Kara Wickman’s show.” Another highlight was when Real Housewife of New York Alex McCord, known for her adventurous, fashion forward taste, donned one of Sarah’s designs.
While the Modern Shades of Grey look ranges from elegant to eclectic, it can also be fun. “We have some surprises up our sleeves for the Christmas season, but we are also working on some Patriots and Bruins related accessories for all the sports fans out there,” she reveals. “You will just have to wait and see!”