About D.Webb Designs
"I wear D.Webb with everything.""From the dance studio to the streets (and back again).""For a dancer, by a dancer."
D.Webb Designs was originally conceived by its founder, Debbie Despina Cartsos, to provide dancers with clothing that not only felt good on, but added a superior level of quality and versatility with a luxurious freedom of movement. Our clothes are handmade in New York City, for a dancer, by a dancer... but you don't have to BE a dancer to enjoy them! The comfort and flexibility they provide in the dance studio translates easily to a unique personal style on the streets. Urban wear with a bohemian twist, you can layer, mix and match with your own pieces, and find what fits your spirit...
Our independent design house was launched in 2007 and is maintained now by a handful of individuals that share a passion for the D.Webb vision.
Our Founder/Principal Designer
Debbie Despina Cartsos was born into two loves: fashion and dance. She grew up surrounded by belly dance and the sounds of classic Mediterranean music, as well as vibrant colors and patterns. She donned her first belly dance costume at the age of five and spent hours watching her mother create designs for her own evening wear boutique in Athens, Greece. Following her fashion love, Debbie first attained a degree in Fashion Design and Patternmaking at the Veloudakis Private Institute of Design in Greece and then moved to New York City, earning degrees in both Merchandising Management and Intimate Apparel Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), where she also received the Jean Yu Critic Award for Intimate Apparel and the Intimate Apparel Council Merit Award.
For eight years, Debbie worked in the intimate apparel industry, with 6 years as an intimate apparel designer at Warnaco and 2 years as Creative Designer at Hanes Brand Inc., while simultaneously earning numerous dance certifications, including in the American Tribal Style(R). Inevitably, her two loves began to merge. What started with costume designing for dance performances soon led to Debbie creating pieces for herself and other dancers as daily wear, at their request, and the seed of D.Webb Designs flourished.
After taking the leap and launching D.Webb Designs as a full time design house, Debbie now follows her passion for patterns and colors in the fabrics she uses, taking inspiration from the dancers around her, as well as runways, music festivals and everyday people. She designs apparel that can be worn in many different ways, striving to fill a gap in the fashion industry by creating pieces that allow for freedom. Freedom in movement and freedom in style, as non-conforming and individual as the people who wear them.