Maha Barsom’s road to fashion design began at age eight, when she began constructing dolls from fabric and designing clothes for them. She began designing and making her own clothes at a young age, striving to make each design better than the last. Barsom studied business and taught economics and accounting for several years, but her passion for design turned her focus to fashion once again. She honed her skills at RISD and studied apparel design and haute couture in Paris. In 2006, Barsom’s business and fashion talents coalesced when she launched her signature line of luxurious shirts and blouses for women and opened a boutique on Boston’s fashionable Newbury Street. Barsom has been teaching apparel design at RISD since 2002, sharing her knowledge while inspiring and encouraging the next generation of fashion designers.