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Before Erica Young had her intricately detailed hosiery land in the hands of Beyoncé, she spent nearly eight years designing shoes for the licensing company that owned Baby Phat, Phat Farm, and Pastry. But the long hours and frequent international trips to factories wore on her. “It was really grueling,” says Young. “It got to the point where I didn’t even unpack my suitcase when I came home.” On her many trips abroad, she began collecting funky tights from places like Hong Kong and Tokyo. “I always knew I wanted to start my own company—I just needed to settle on the right product that I could be happy designing every single day.”