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March 05, 2019

A year and half ago, I wanted to find a way to celebrate women in tech and encourage young minds to enter STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. Using art as my creative outlet, I started creating designs, some about my journey as an engineer, some as a geeky twist to movements that were happening. It was so invigorating and liberating to do so. I remember so many nights of not being able to sleep, just thinking of new designs.  Every day after work I would refine the concepts that kept popping up in my head. 

With skepticism in my head, I started sharing mock-ups with my friends and peers in the industry, and the rest was history. The enthusiasm and support I received was an astounding YES to get those designs on tshirts and onto people. I started working with a printshop to get small batches produced,and next thing you know I had my own clothing line. It was crazy to me. People started buying them. Then they wanted more - more design, more styles, hats, totes, etc.  It was so awesome.

I knew there was something special about MERORA.  But never did I imagine that this was going to be more than just my designs on apparel and accessories. What I didn’t know was that I was going to build a network of amazing people who all also were looking for a way to support STEM, who had incredible stories of their own (more to come on this later).

T-shirts are a great way to communicate a message

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I love graphic tees. I own so many of them and I love wearing them to work with a blazer.

This is why MERORA started as tshirt designs. I wanted to wear graphic tees that represented my STEM roots. There really wasn’t anything out there that resonated with me - so I created them myself.  Each MERORA design has a meaning. They range from celebrating Women in Tech, to encouraging women to Rise Up & Rise Together, to promoting Inclusion & Diversity in the workplace.

As I developed these designs I partnered closely with my printshop, to ensure I was incorporating fashion trends such as foil and multi-color prints. I also tried on dozens of styles, cuts, and materials to make sure that every piece we printed on fit and felt good for a variety of shapes and sizes. My closet is seriously overflowing with various blank shirts in search of the right style.

As I went through this process of developing this apparel line, I found synergy in translating my experience in technology product development to fashion. I applied the same principles and processes, as after all I had timelines to adhere to, a budget to stay within, suppliers to negotiate with, and a product to test for consumer acceptance. This was pretty cool. I felt equipped with the skill set to make it happen. That was the easy part.

We’re growing in so many ways

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As word started getting out about MERORA I was invited to pop-up at Tech companies, Tech conventions, and street fairs. Every pop-up has given me the most wonderful opportunity to connect with so many people who felt a connection to a design. I have had great discussions with male allies who are mentoring and sponsoring the badass women in their organizations to take their career to the next level. I have had tearful conversations with participants of the Women’s March, sharing how impactful and life-changing that experience was for us. I have had conversations with so many amazing teachers who are bringing tech to underprivileged communities in the bay area. Each and every conversation has had such an impact on me, and has helped me continue to invest in MERORA. I just feel so grateful to have met so many people who support this brand.

One amazing person I met was Christine Singh. Like I said, developing these products was the easy part. I had no idea what I was doing as far as brand strategy and social media outreach was concerned. Enter Christine, stage left! She happened to be at the the Facebook campus the day I had a pop-up there last year. We had an instant connection. Everything I had questions about, she had answers to. We brainstormed and ideated about all the possibilities and things we can do with MERORA. I am so thrilled that she is joining me on this journey, and excited for all that we will work on together. Stay tuned to hear more from her!

It has been an incredible journey thus far, and I am excited for the future. Thank you to everyone who has supported the brand. Every story, every purchase, every thumbs up as you walk by makes a difference. MERORA is proud to donate a portion of every sale to organizations that advance education in STEM fields to provide a platform to share the voice and experiences of so many talented and innovative people. And hey, we all geek out over something - and it's pretty cool to do so.


Size Charts

WOMEN'S MUSCLE TANK (slim fitting, recommend ordering a size up)

Shirt: Tom Boy, STEM girl

 Point of Measurement (inches) S M L XL XXL
Bust
30  1/2
32  1/2
34  1/2
36  1/2
38  1/2
Center Front Length
20 1/4
20 5/8
21 1/8
21 5/8
22 1/8

 

WOMEN'S V-NECK TANK (slim fitting)

Shirt: Tres Chic, Tres Geek

 Point of Measurement (inches) S M L XL XXL
Bust
32.5
34 36
38
40
Center Front Length
17 1/2
18
18 1/2
19
19 5/8

 

WOMEN'S LONG SLEEVE OFF THE SHOULDER 

Shirt: Defiance for Science

 Point of Measurement (inches) S M L XL XXL
Bust
32
34
38
42
46
Center Front Length
19 3/8
19 3/4
20 1/4
20 3/4
21 1/4

 

WOMEN'S FLEECE SWEATSHIRT 

Shirt: Code wide-neck sweatshirt

 Point of Measurement (inches) S M L XL XXL
Bust
36 3/4
38  1/2
40  1/2
42
44
Length from High Point Shoulder
25
25 1/2
26 1/8
26 3/4
27 3/8

 

WOMEN'S RACERBACK TANK 

Shirts: Femgineer, Rise Up & Rise Together

 Point of Measurement (inches) S M L XL XXL
Bust
33
35
37
39
41
Center Front Length
26 1/3
27
27 5/8
28 1/4
28 3/4

 

SHORT SLEEVE FITTED TEE  (slim fitting)

Shirt: Geek tee

 Point of Measurement (inches) S M L XL XXL
Bust
32 1/4
33 35 37 39
Length from High Point Shoulder
25 1/2
25 1/2
26 5/8
27 1/4
27 7/8

 

UNISEX JERSEY TEE 

Shirt: Equally Geeky, Resist(or)

 Point of Measurement (inches) S M L XL XXL
Bust
36
40
44
48
52
Length from High Point Shoulder
28
29
30
31
32

 

MEN'S T-SHIRT 

Shirt: Code

 Point of Measurement (inches) S M L XL XXL
Bust
36
40
44
48
52
Length from High Point Shoulder
28
29
30
31
32