Step-it-up Camp

Monir Zandghoreishi Couture Designer and Educator

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 “America is greater than you think. You will find your way,” says Monir Zandghoreishi. In 1987 she arrived in Seattle. It was a struggle for her to learn English and start a new life for herself and her three daughters.  She opened a business, Monir Couture Design, and soon Nordstrom and many other luxury boutiques were sending their clients to Monir for consultation and alterations.  As her business grew, she became known for her exquisite bridal and evening gowns, a place where women found the right gown for one of the most special days of their lives.

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Latest Posts in Step-it-up Camp

Hats from the Heart

Step-it-up Camp is honoring the Young Patients of Children’s Hospital with one-of-a-kind Hats. On Saturday, November 24, from 9:30 to 1pm, high school students, who are members of Step-it-Up Camp, will make over 50 hats for children who are patients at Children’s Hospital. 


What does Step-it-Up Camp Mean to me?

 

“It’s a fun program!” - Angel Flores

 

 “Step-it-Up joins the community together!” - Cassie Palomura

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Coming to America | Her Journey is a Story with Heart

Monir Zandghoreishi has long been a highly respected designer in the Pacific Northwest, but her story begins thousands of miles from here in Iran. Monir Zandghoreishi knows what it is to Come to America. Her life in America began with hope and struggle, and now today, she is taking all of the success she has earned and is pouring it back into her teaching and mentoring.  Her journey is a story with heart. 

Maurice Leary | In His Own Words

Growing up, my five siblings and I didn't have much. We were homeless for an extended period of time. Living in an apartment building with no basic necessities, no water, food, clean clothing, and shoes. The hard floor was our bed, but we slept in the seated position most of the time.  


Keeping up with Step-it-up Camp

It’s been well over a year now since Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur Monir Zandghoreishi joined her son-in-law Maurice Leary to expand Step-It-Up Camp. At first, Step-It-Up Camp was the brain child of  Monir Zandghoreishi's son-in-law Maurice Leary to provide after-school athletics to high risk students. Maurice started out with 16 kids to help them develop their skills and to stay out of trouble. Maurice himself had experienced a hardscrabble past. He was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York and knew one way to get kids on the right path was by mentoring them and giving them another road map to grow stronger and more resilient every day.