BE NEXT: 13 Young Innovators Driving the Business of Design

Stephanie “IvyShades” Johnson, 27, CEO/Designer of Ivy Shades Eyewear

Johnson says her line of elaborate sunglasses has taken the fashion industry to the next level in the blink of an eye. The Houston-based designer launched her first line in 2010 after getting approached by women on the street who wanted to buy her shades right off of her face. Her second line, “Retro,” launched later that year. Most recently Ivy released her fifth and sixth lines of designer eyewear, “Rock Star” and “BBO,” in October 2011. The line grossed $499,762 last year and has been worn by gospel singer Yolanda Adams, Ashely Cheatum and Ashely Nichole of the Bad Girls Club.

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