Yvonne was raised primarily in the suburbs of Houston. The daughter of two architects, she was exposed to design from an early age. She attended Princeton University where she intended to follow in her parents' footsteps, graduating in 1986 with a degree in Architecture. However, while at Princeton, Yvonne discovered an even greater love for fashion and decided to enroll in the Fashion Design program at F.I.T.
Following her graduation from F.I.T. in 1987, Yvonne worked with various designers and studios in New York's garment center, primarily in women's sportswear. She continued successfully as a freelance designer, expanding her areas of expertise to childrenswear and menswear as well as trend analysis, graphic and print design.
Finally in 1999, after over 10 years in the fashion industry, Yvonne decided to pursue her dream of launching her own line and opening her boutique which she called "Kimera", after the mythical creature which was a combination of a lion, a serpent, and a goat. She chose the name because it meant a combination of disparate elements, reflecting her interest in merging various cultures from around the world.
The jewel-box sized boutique on Park Slope's Fifth Avenue served as a showcase for Yvonne's original designs as well as other local artisans and soon became a local favorite. She soon outgrew the original location and opened the current Atlantic Avenue shop in the summer of 2002.
After 14 years, Yvonne continues to be passionate about her designs, remaining involved in every aspect of the business from working personally with the customers to overseeing production.