There is nothing greater than an idea whose time has come. The story of the progressive label, I Waited For You… had written itself long before the designers, Charleston Pacius and Melanese Reid, began to marry the concepts by which they were inspired. Based on their mutual love of art, science, and innovation, the duo formed the company in 2011.

Both graduates of the esteemed Fashion Institute of Technology, Melanese studied Women’s Patternmaking with a specialization in Knitwear Design and Dresses Construction, while Charleston studied Textile Development and Marketing.

The two gained industry credentials interning and working at various designer labels including Theory, Jill Stuart, and Rachel Comey, where fit and construction were a focus. Time spent at the brands Alice & Olivia, Betsey Johnson, and Rachel Roy aided the designers in cultivating a greater comprehension of retail principles.

The two have combined their knowledge and acumen to fill a gap in the women’s apparel market, catering to the creatively inclined woman with a desire to develop a wardrobe with innovative essentials.