[This story first appeared in Issue 10 of The Fluevog Post (Spring/Summer 2018)]
You might recognize her as one of the latest contestants on Lifetime’s Project Runway, but on top of being one of America’s top designers, Samantha Rei is also a treasured member of the Fluevog team. Having been a fan ever since her dad first gifted her with a killer pair of Zachary boots, she’s been pulling Fluevogs for her fashion shows for years and began working part time at our Minneapolis store before reluctantly auditioning for the 16th season of Project Runway (she’d auditioned before).
“I had to be pressured into it a little, but am glad I went through with it. Getting to be a part the first season that featured models of all sizes was pretty cool and I’m grateful for all the friendships I made on the show. I also got the opportunity to do things I never would have dreamed of, like sleep on top of the empire state building and meet Bill Murray!”
Samantha’s post-Runway plans include upcoming leatherwear, accessories and lipstick collaborations with Apatico, Elixery and Ashley Hay, as well as a new spring line that will debut on Valentine’s Day 2018 in Minneapolis.