A passion for fashion

A passion for fashion
How Shelley Metz got her start in 4-H
Shelley Metz with her family.

Shelley Metz has worked in fashion merchandising for more than 15 years, but she would not have discovered her passion for fashion without 4-H. Metz joined 4-H in Fayette County, Ohio, while in elementary school and focused on sewing projects from the very beginning. 

Over the years, she brought several projects to the Ohio State Fair and competed at the state and national levels in the Make It With Wool contest. “Thanks to 4-H, I grew up with an interest in fashion and sewing. I loved touching all the fabrics, looking at the colors, and putting an outfit together. By high school, I knew fashion would ultimately become my career,” said Metz. 

Today, she lives in New Jersey and works for two of the largest fashion companies in the world: Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. But she will always be proud to say she got her start in 4-H.