The road to fashion design began at age eight for Ms. Barsom, when she began constructing dolls from fabric and designing clothes for them. Throughout her schooling, she relished art classes where she excelled, pursuing perfection in the finest details of every project. Ms. Barsom studied business and taught economics and accounting for several years, but her passion for design turned her focus to fashion once again. She honed her skills at the Rhode Island School of Design and studied apparel design and haute couture in Paris. In 2006, her business and fashion talents coalesced when she launched her signature line of luxurious women's shirts and blouses and opened a boutique on Boston's fashionable Newbury Street. Ms. Barsom's line reflects the vision she has cultivated and refined over the years, seeking interpretations that are at once aesthetic and pure, sensual and feminine. Her goal is to balance the smart and elegant with the simple and practical in designs that survive the passage of time and showcase a woman's beauty in any surrounding. Since 2002, she has been teaching apparel design as a Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, sharing her knowledge while inspiring and encouraging the next generation of fashion designers. In 2012 she started the apparel design program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts, where she teaches the curriculum she designed.