Teslin Doud grew up in the small beach town of Santa Cruz, California where the unique environment helped to nurture her feeling of responsibility to the Earth. Raised by a family of creative wanderlusts, she developed a love for color and materiality in a setting where environmental consciousness was the norm. In 2011, Teslin left her comfortable bubble in Northern California to pursue a BFA in Fashion Design at Parsons the New School for Design where she graduated in 2015 with honors.
While attending Parsons, Teslin focused her studies in sustainability and textiles by developing skills in natural dyeing, weaving and zero-waste construction. Her intense dedication to sustainable fashion and craft resulted in her recognition as one of eight finalists for Parsons’ Designer of the Year for class of 2015, as well as a nomination for Parsons' Portfolio of the Year for class of 2015. For Teslin's innovation in textiles she was nominated to represent Parsons in The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design's 2015 Windgate Fellowship award where she was recognized as a finalist. In May 2014, Teslin was awarded the inaugural CFDA x Tory Burch Mentorship Award, which allowed her guidance on her thesis collection from the Tory Burch design team and the opportunity to travel to Première Vision in Paris to source materials for her collection. Additionally, Teslin was awarded the John L. Tishman Scholarship for her dedication to sustainable design, and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Hugo Boss Senior Collection Prize. In 2014, Teslin was also awarded a grant through The New School’s Green Fund to create textile-recycling bins within the fashion department at Parsons.
Currently, Teslin is in the running for the inaugural CFDA x Eileen Fisher Social Innovator Award and is a fellow at the Cradle to Cradle Institute’s, Fashion Positive™ where she is assisting in the research and development of the Fashion Positive Materials Library.