Learn about the awesome people that make ENVIA fashion a reality.
MITRA DEMIRZA - Creator/Director of Envia Fashion, Sewist
Mitra has been redesigning clothing, jewelry and accessories since 1999. She started Eugene Fashion Week and produced the community fashion event for 8 years. She was the owner and manager of a couple of resale/consignment/design boutiques for years in Eugene, Oregon before moving over to work for non-profit St. Vincent de Paul society of Lane County. Envia Fashion is a unique upcycled fashion brand born out of this creative collaboration between a designer and entrepreneur and forward thinking, ingenuitive retail thrift organization with the shared missions to divert waste and help people. Mitra contributes to Envia as a designer, business manager and innovator and feels consistently motivated and excited to grow and improve this collaborative endeavor.
PEGGY LEVENHAGEN - Envia Fashion Production Sewist
Peggy has worked for St. Vincent de Paul for 19 years doing a variety of jobs. She started sewing in business college in 1964. She has sewn for her entire adult life. Peggy worked for the San Francisco Pattern Company as a pattern tester for stuffed animals, as well as doing personal sewing for an author of home interior books. Her hobbies are sewing, baking, reading, singing and many other types of arts and crafts. She belongs to 3 charitable organizations where she volunteers much of her free time. She has traveled to many countries and lived in Germany and Turkey. Peggy is an Oregon native, having grown up in Elkton ad has 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. She contributes to Envia Fashion as a production sewer, amongst other things.
MARILYN KENT - Creative Production Artist Extraordinaire
Since 2005, Marilyn Kent has been an active creative force in Eugene, showing her creations at numerous venues and shops. As an artist, she utilizes the natural world as inspiration and artistic subject matter. She loves skulls, shells, rusty metal and feathers. Hunting for treasure has always been one of her favorite things to do, especially in thrift stores. St. Vinnie’s Envia Fashion recycling initiative has been a venue for her to turn her creative and treasure hunting skills into products whose sales benefit others. Her job is to brainstorm how to turn unwanted and surplus items into jewelry and accessories for Envia Fashion, then produce these items. Marilyn loves working as a Creative Production Artist Extraordinaire, which is her actual job title. She appreciates the opportunity to grow and learn new skills and put her energy and enthusiasm into helping Envia Fashion achieve success.
Deborah DeMirza - Designer/Sewist
Deborah is a self-taught seamstress, who became interested in sewing at the age of 8.
Deborah has enjoyed designing and creating clothes and jewelry for her own personal wear, as well as commissions for a variety of clothing, window dressings, furniture coverings and jewelry for others.
Deborah contributes her designs, as well as sewing, and production work for Envia fashion at St. Vinnie's. She enjoys creating jewelry, sewing leather, making wedding dresses from photos and coming up with designs in a variety of materials.
She enjoys balancing work by being outdoors on beautiful sunny days, while walking and photographing anything interesting that catches her eye and Imagination.
TRACY SYDOR - Photographer / Art director
Tracy is a Fine art Photographer and Art Director based in Eugene Or. Her passion for photography and helping others has her joining forces with local non-profits, designers and businesses. She is a strong supporter of human rights and children’s causes. Her free time is spent working on personal art projects, putting on events to raise funds for nonprofits, helping others in need in her community and reading dorky marketing articles. Her art has been featured in magazines, blogs, articles and on covers of publications - with an exhibit in Las Vegas. Tracy is a strong conceptual thinker, visual artist and has won several awards in the Visual Arts arena. She has strategically focused on her leadership and brand building skills at the moment on Envia Fashion as their art director and brand developer. She enjoys working within a team environment on creative concepts and strategy development. Tracy understands extensively, marketing, brand objectives, consumer needs, and the value of strong, effective communications. She has worked on visual projects with companies such as Burley, Planned Parenthood, Eugene Weekly, Will Leather Goods, Ninkasi Brewing, Bex Sunglasses and many more.
MARCIA KNEE - Envia Fashion Super Volunteer
Marcia is a retired designer who has owned and operated many fashion based businesses in Oregon and California. She started sewing in the late 70’s making swimwear and wedding gowns. Heavily entrenched in the design world by the 80’s, she discovered her love for thrifting and upcycling. Marcia worked in the surf industry designing and making samples and first-draft patterns. She also designed and manufactured jewelry, which she sold to the Salem Witch Museum and Smithsonian Gift Shop, in addition to small chain stores. Marcia has continued sharing her ideas and contributing her experience by volunteering for Envia Fashion when able.