Rachel Frantz has been in the news several times over the past 10 years. She hula hooped her way through a couple of LBHS talent show wins. She has appeared on the Ellen Show in 2010 with her hula hoops. After a stint at Radford Univeristy as a student, she landed a fashion internship in Los Angeles! This an update on the multifaceted young lady.
The Troutville native is a 2009 grad of Lord Botetourt. She is majoring in fashion design at Radford. On one of her trips to New York City’s fashion industry she became acquainted with an intership. The designer Sumi Tachibana however, was moving to Los Angeles. Frantz applied for the internship and was accepted. The designer’s boutique shop is located in West Hollywood, California. Some well known client names include Usher and Gwen Stefani.
Here is info about Tachibana from the company website:
“Sumie Tachibana founded the company in 2007. Originally located in New York, the edgy, avant-garde company launched its first ready-to-wear collection titled “Scorpio.” Since then, the company has flourished creating couture garments, limited edition pieces, and one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories. Additionally, Sumie Tachibana began catering to clients worldwide for custom orders. With all products hand-crafted locally and majority of the fabrics imported from Europe, these products hold a luxurious sophistication. Fast forward to April 2013, the Sumie Tachibana company relocated to Los Angeles, California launching the first luxury accessories collection titled “Bound.” Simultaneously, the company decided to relaunch the existing brand, “Felinus,” for the environmentally and economically conscious consumers.”
Frantz arrived in L.A. on May 27. She lived in a hostel in Little Tokyo. “It was great people from all over the world stayed there. Italy, Argentina, New Zealand.” The design shop was located in Los Selid section of L.A. I worked 8-13 hours per day.” She also entertained some L.A. cops one night with her hula hoops on the street.
What did she learn? She said, “Precision is the most important thing in how fashions will look. The more precise you are the better.” While there at Sumie Tachibana, she completed five looks for the Sumie Tachibana collection. A dress, pants, coat, bag and neck pieces that included the use of stretch and knit fabrics. She came back to Botetourt County on Aug. 7.
She will begin work on her senior project at Radford University once fall classes begin. Frantz will graduate in May of 2014.
It was not all work. She pursued a dream of being certified in scuba diving. She also swam with dolphins at Sea World in San Diego. “While I have majored in fashion I fulfilled my dream that day swimming with dolphins. It was the best day of my life. ” She plans to use the university pool to strengthen her swimming skills and may give Sea World a try.
She concluded, “The weather was perfect in California. I might go back there to live. There’s plenty to do, too !” Perhaps she will hula hoop with the animals at Sea World. With Rachel Frantz, you never know what might happen!
Fashion photos courtesy of Sumie Tachibana.