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Working in Clark County: Sara Liddy, owner Sara Liddy Designs

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Sara Liddy, 23, is the creator and artist behind the fashion brand Sara Liddy Designs.
Sara Liddy, 23, is the creator and artist behind the fashion brand Sara Liddy Designs. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

For unique, creative and stylish handmade fashion, one need not travel to New York or Milan. Clark County is lucky to have up-and-coming fashion designers right here.

One is Sara Liddy, the creator and artist behind the fashion brand Sara Liddy Designs.

Having had a love for the art from a young age, Liddy pursued a degree in fashion design at Washington State University with the goal of establishing her own business by age 30.

While she originally feared the COVID-19 pandemic would put her dreams on hold, the unexpected turmoil of 2020 turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Quarantines and lockdowns gave Liddy extra free time to put toward her passions.

Now, at age 23, Liddy has been able to achieve her dream ahead of schedule. Sara Liddy Designs officially launched in 2020.

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While originally focusing on smaller projects like custom skirts, scarves and veils, Sara Liddy Designs has since evolved to include more elaborate and striking works.

Some of Liddy’s signature looks include her customizable and one-of-a-kind formal wear and ball gowns, as well as her recent experiments in sustainable fashion with her recycled denim patchwork skirt and bralette.

As her business continues to grow, Liddy hopes to inspire others looking to get into the world of fashion design.

“I believe there is a stigma about fashion design, that it is an easy career for girls who like to shop,” Liddy said. “But design requires imagination, mathematics, knowledge of hundreds of techniques, ability to dissect your sewing machine when it’s on the fritz, and much more.”

For Liddy, the hustle and grind of being a young entrepreneur is made more special by being able to work in a thriving and interconnected community of businesses and artists found here in the Pacific Northwest.

“I think Clark County offers an untapped market for my fashion,” Liddy explained. “Seattle has a growing market, and Portland has the monopoly on sportswear, but Clark County does not house any large fashion brands. It offers a fantastic niche for me to step into and offer fashion with clean lines, classic cuts, and sleek fabric.”

While Sara Liddy Designs is currently a solo operation run out of a small Vancouver home office, Liddy hopes to one day achieve her goal of opening her own boutique.

Liddy is grateful for all the support her business has received along the way and is looking forward to new partnerships she will be able to forge in the coming years.

“I could try and say that all of my successes come from me and my hard work alone, but that is just not true,” Liddy said. “So much of that success comes from my friends, family and my community that supports me. It is so exciting getting to collaborate with local businesses and fellow creatives. I truly appreciate the opportunities they give me to grow myself and my work.”

Liddy’s work can best be found on her website at saraliddy12.wixsite.com/saraliddy or her Etsy and Instagram pages, both under the username Sara Liddy Designs.

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