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About the Designer of the Collection: Macki Alvarez-Mena

I'm a graduate of USC Iovine and Young’s Inaugural class (2018). Throughout the program, I took an emphasis on Design and Business as I curated my experience towards gaining the knowledge, skills, and resources needed in order to launch into the consumer products industry. I also interned at various animation studios working in their consumer products department such as DreamWorks and Nickelodeon.

I am currently pursuing my own kids company, Macki and Company, a lifestyle brand targeted towards girls between the ages of 7 and 12 which exists within a world of customizable digital and physical consumer products. As I continue to establish my own company, I have gotten the opportunity to work on other projects, such as this launch with the bookstore, that have allowed me to freelance my art in a variety of ways.

Fun fact: I am one of three USC graduates in my immediate family! Both my older (c/o 2016) and younger sister (c/o 2019) graduated from USC as well and we are an avid Trojan family.

My experience at USC and the Iovine and Young Academy was one of the most cherished times in my life. I am incredibly eager to use the knowledge and skills I gained while studying at the University and share its outcome with the rest of the Trojan community.

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