Finding the Right Path
Eden Slezin began his professional life as a degree-holding botanist. But being a scientist was less exciting than he anticipated, so he decided to change directions, reinvent himself, and try something different.
For the next 18 years, Eden jumped from one career to the next. And these were large jumps—from being a botanist he went on to serve as a captain and aviation intelligence officer, taking two overseas tours during his six years in the United States Marine Corps. Later, he led backpacking trips as the owner of a successful outdoor adventure company and managed a large sporting goods store.
But Slezin still couldn’t find the career that fit him best. “I knew deep down these weren’t the careers for me,” says Slezin. “But I still was not sure what the right path was. Growing up working class, I never felt a career in the arts would even be possible.”
Then on a trip to Rio de Janeiro, he was inspired to create a men's clothing line. When he returned home, he started a small company making men’s vacation wear. From there, Slezin's future became clear.
“Very quickly, I knew this was the path for me,” he says. “Once I found my passion, I set out to master the craft by enrolling in the Fashion Design MFA degree program at Academy of Art University.”