AboutBella + Sophia Clothing is a modern line of childrenswear dedicated to high quality, innovative and comfort design. The brand is based out of Chicago and focuses on sustainable and local sourcing as well as making a difference in the community. The brand is designed by Jennifer Veguilla and inspired by her two daughters Bella & Sophia.
At the heart of the business is a genuine desire to educate, reform & inspire the youth from underserved communities. As a young girl, Jennifer grew up in a low income, single mother home in a rough community in the "hood" of Chicago. The violence & heart ache she saw as a child affected the decisions she has made as an adult and now parent to do better and make the world better for her girls.
Through hard work and persistence we can truly change the world and we must start with the children. With this idea in place, a portion of the sales of each garment goes back to the community through local non-profit organizations catering to the underserved, minority and at risk youth.
When designer, Jennifer Veguilla is not creating for Bella+Sophia or hanging out with her girls, she can be found running the online magazine: Halfstack Mag or teaching the youth of tomorrow in her role as a professor at the Illinois Institute of Art and Columbia College!
Meet the Team
The 2015/16 collection was brought to you in part by an amazing group of freelancing ladies who assisted Jen through prototyping!
Lauren Pfeffer: Assistant Designer - Lauren Pfeffer has been dedicated to her education in order to provide herself with a well-rounded background. Some of the areas she has expertise in include business, design, drawing, photography, Photoshop, Illustrator, basic and advanced sewing construction, textile dying and manipulation, patternmaking, styling, and color theory.
She has earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in fashion design. Because of her mother being a skilled seamstress, Lauren has always grown up around a sewing environment. She began designing her own costumes for solo dance performances at the age of fourteen.
Through dance, Lauren has been able to apply many of the skills she has learned to real life situations. She did an internship with Dance Girl Clothing and was the first employee of the start-up company. During her experience at the start up, Lauren excelled as the primary patternmaker for the company, but she also got hands-on experience with starting a business.
Lauren also completed the amazing Disney World Internship program in Florida. She worked primarily in the costuming Department. She worked full-time in the Magic Kingdom park's entertainment costuming department from August 22, 2013 through January 3, 2014. To learn more, you can visit her website online!
Cindy Rodriguez: Tech Designer and Pattern Digitizer. Cindy graduated from The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg, in December 2014 with a fashion design degree. She is the first in her family to ever graduate College not just with one degree but also with two. She is currently in the process of enrolling back in school for her masters in product management.
She is currently employed at Gerber technology in CT. She started with the company through their intern program. She moved from Chicago to Connecticut after her spring classes were over. She was offered a full time position only after 3 months into her internship. She works as an Application specialist and has been with the company for nearly a year.
Sarah Hoffman: Design/Textiles Intern. Sarah has began the Bella + Sophia internship program in the summer of 2015. Sarah has a 2 year degree in Photography. She is currently attending College of Dupage and working towards a degree in Fashion Design with a specialization in Textile Design.
Olivia Lemley: Fashion/Marketing Intern. Olivia began the Bella + Sophia internship program in the summer of 2015. She is a sophomore at Kent State University's esteemed Fashion Program. She will be focusing in Fashion Marketing & Management.