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New Schoolers Make Forbes’ “30 Under 30”

Forbes has unveiled its annual  “30 Under 30” list–a selection of the 30 brightest creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs from across a variety of fields–and, no surprise, New School alumni are among them.

Parsons School of Design grads Lucy Jones, BFA Fashion Design ’15, Ximon Lee, Fashion Design ’14, Hayden Lasher, AAS Fashion Design ’11, and Sarah Law, BFA Fashion Design ’08, were named to the “Art and Style,” category; Tyler Haney, BBA Strategic Design and Management ’12, and Amanda Curtis, AAS Fashion ’10, made the list’s Retail and E-Commerce category; and Sophia Sunwoo (BBA Strategic Design and Management ’10) earned a spot on the Social Entrepreneurs list. Eugene Lang College grad Ryder Ripps, BA Liberal Arts ’08, was also featured on “Art and Style.”

Jones, who won Parsons 2015 Womenswear Designer of the Year award, made the list for her widely heralded designs for self-propelled, seated disabled people. She also is a 2015 winner of New Challenge, The New School’s social innovation competition.

Lee, who took home the award for the 2014 Parsons School of Design’s Menswear Designer of the Year, was recognized for his forward-thinking fashion lines, including a collection inspired by the documentary, “Children of Leningradsky.” Lee was also the winner of the H&M Design Award, making him the first-ever U.S. designer and the first menswear designer to secure the honor.

Haney garnered praise for Outdoor Voices, a workout clothing line for which she has secured $8.1 million in venture capital. She’s also garnered shout-outs from Lena Dunham and Leandra Medine.

Lasher made the list for her classically shaped leather handbag designs, which have been worn by Taylor Swift, Chloe Sevigny, and Jamie King.

Curtis, along with her partner, Gemma Sole, won props for founding 19th Amendment, a company the matches emerging designers with shoppers.

Law was recognized for KARA, her self-designed line of handbags that can be found in 50 different stores in 15 countries, including Barney’s New York and Opening Ceremony.

Ripps, a conceptual artist in New York City, earned recognition for his oil paintings, based on model Adrienne Ho’s Instagram posts. He also founded, an online art community, and is the creative director of digital agency OK Focus, whose clients include Nike and Bruno Mars.

Sunwoo was honored for her creation of Water Collective, which aims to bring long-lasting, clean water to rural communities in Africa and India. The nonprofit organization aims to promote “water independence” for three million people in the next 10 years.

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